I opened my email last Friday morning to find this e-mail from Anne Martinez (the principal behind the fabulous GoCertify.com IT certification Website and nonpareil resource) in response to my recent blog at EdTittel.com entitled “Growing and Returning Interest in IT Certification:”
I just took a peek at your edtittel.com site and read your latest blog post, and I have to say I am right there with you. I think IT certification is ripe for a comeback. In fact I approached several certification program managers about that a few months ago (my 2011 certification vendor initiative), got extremely positive feedback, followed by no movement. I think the politics are stifling things substantially. Plus, people are just overworked like crazy and the big picture is getting lost in that.
You know I have always believed in the value of IT certification, and I still do. Recently I am hot on the trail of some fresh ideas and projects and doing whatever I can to bust IT certification back into common vision again and earn some $ in the process while helping people succeed with IT careers. Of course I am overworked and understaffed like everyone else, but anyway, I just want to share with you that I agree with your sentiment as you expressed in that 8/7 posting.
To me this moment can be a turning point for IT certification – or it can be a missed opportunity. Which do you think it will be?
Martinez makes some good points in her e-mail (reproduced with her permission, in exchange for an answer that you will find posted on her Website in the near future). For one thing, I’m glad to hear my own personal experience that things are picking up in the Certification Game vindicated from somebody else who’s even more plugged into that world than I am. For another, I share her trepidation that this could possibly be a cusp when certification could take a bounce going further, but I also recognize the possibility that things might subside into somnolescence once again, with no genuine bounce in the offing. And alas, in the wake of the recent market shenanigans and the S&P downgrade of US Government credit after a less-than-stellar political process to stave off default, her remarks about politics getting in the way are too true to be good.
I’m inclined to be optimistic and to see things brightening up. I’ve seen evidence from CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, and even VMware that new certifications keep popping up, while old familiar programs keep getting spiffed up and polished to keep pace with current tools and technologies. Let’s hope the publishers, practice test vendors, and other elements of the aftermarket will soon feel this swell of activity and confidence, and that IT will once again start to rise. It’s sometime to wish upon a star for, anyway…