Quality Assurance and Project Management

Dec 22 2008   10:31AM GMT

Certification in Testing is an individual goal rather than organizational goal

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

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.

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  • RobinGoldsmith
    I think this posting overgeneralizes. For many testers, organizational support in both time and money is essential for satisfying certification requirements. It’s true that individuals may think, possibly more so than employers, that holding a certification aids gaining or enhancing their employment; and looking to certification no doubt increases in tough economic times. However, in my experience, most of the testers I see pursuing certification in fact are prompted by their organizations who may use certification as a vehicle for presumably raising the level of tester knowledge, which in turn is expected to raise the organization’s level of testing capability.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    Hi Robin, thanks for reading and commenting on the post. I have mentioned both he aspects of individual certification in the post - personal oriented and organizational oriented. Even if it is personal oriented goal, organization usually has no objection in it, until it does not affect the work. This is based on my experience where organization is not bothered about the individual certification, as long as the tester is performing well and following organization's drawn procedures for testing. He is on the job (or has been hired) prior to certification proves that the person is fit for the organization. Yes, ofcourse, if the certification enhances tester's performance (and not used only to enhance his employment opportunities), it is always good for the organization. But if the performance remains the same - before and after the certification, the personal goals are clearly visible. ~jaideep
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