A Testing Certification is an individual tester’s asset rather than the organization’s asset as it increases the employment chances of the individual without apprehensively adding any substantial value to the tester’s job requirement. Definitely, the tester’s skills are enhanced (a bit) with this certification, but there is more increase in his expectations from the organization. Why a tester who is doing well at his job would go for a certification thereby compromising with his performance at job as he will be required to pay attention to studies and learning to acquire this certification. The certificate that is attracting him is for his own sake. Ofcourse, when it is an organization’s requirement to train their testers or display on board some certified testers, the initiative and drive for certification to the individual testers will start from the organization itself.
Certification is not bad. It is an exposure to a new learning. But the testers who get attracted to acquire a certificate have a different goal than a new learning or for the sake of organization. But if the intention is merely to acquire a relevant certificate for a tester, it can be examined by the organization by offering him a course relevant to his job with no certificate at the end of it. This step will display the real interest of a tester, whether he is individual oriented at this juncture or organization oriented.