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Oct 5 2007   12:49PM GMT

Would you “Rent” your certification?

David Davis David Davis Profile: David Davis

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I heard about a website that connects people who have certifications with Microsoft and Cisco resellers who need certified people, on the payroll, to achieve a certain level of reseller status.

How this works is – say that I sell Cisco equipment but I want larger discounts from Cisco (so I can make more profit when I sell it). To be a higher level of reseller (Silver, Gold, or whatever), you have to have a certain number of Cisco certified people on the payroll. For example, maybe you need 2 CCNA, 1 CCNP, and 1 CCIE.

Many up-and-coming resellers cannot afford to do this so the idea came that they could pay people who have these certs a flat monthy fee to register their cert # under the reseller’s name. Not a bad idea, I suppose, unless Cisco or Microsoft stop them.

And now an even better idea – www.rentacert.com

This site connects the people who have the cert with the resellers who want to “rent” it. The site makes a profit by taking a commission.

If you work for a company that is NOT a reseller but you have a cert, I suppose it would be nice to make some extra cash off of it and do nothing. It seems that both the renter and rentee would benefit but, I suppose the customer of that reseller looses out because the reseller really doesn’t have as much experience on hand as, perhaps, the other resellers at a similar level.

What do you think?

Would you rent your cert?

David Davis, CCIE

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  • AmyKucharik
    Sounds fishy. I'd be happy to rent my MFA, though, if anyone's interested...
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  • Michael K
    Hi David No, I would not rent my cert. I would consider it unethical. I believe that would make me complicit in a kind of fraud being perpetrated by these resellers as they are knowingly selling goods and making a profit under false pretenses, which to my mind is fundamentally wrong. Also I am not going through my Cisco certifications primarily for monetary gains. It probably sounds cliche, but learning in my prime motivator. If in the future I receive better renumeration from my employer for my having gained my certification that would be nice, but here my employer is getting a return for the extra salary (a more qualified engineer) and nobody is being duped. Regards, Michael
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