The musings of an IT Consultant

Sep 30 2009   8:54PM GMT

IT Certification Standards for Testing

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hello again folks, time for another rant! This time it’s about certifications! Everyone who knows me knows that I am a big proponent of certifications combined with experience. Combined together I think they make for a great way to show an employer or a potential client your capabilities.

There’s nothing like being able to give a prospective client a nice client referral list with real world examples of projects you’ve done along with a list of your certifications. This gives the client confidence in the solutions you are proposing. Unfortunately a lot of people decide to take shortcuts and de-value the certifications we work for so hard. Well one of the ways we could curtail this is if we came up with set standards for certifications.

If we moved to a model of exam testing that was done only X amount of times a year across the world in accredited Universities, then we could guarantee less cheating and brain dumping because everyone would be writing the exams at the same time. Then every time a new exam time came, the exam would be different, just like real University. I’m not sure how well this would work, but I think it would go a long way to helping the industry out. It would help bring more value to our certs. Something to think about.

-RP

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