The value of an IT certification is debatable. For some people, it’s the hallmark of their career. For employers, it’s a way to gauge employees knowledge and skills sets. For critics, some certifications don’t add much value because the exams can be cheated. Let me explain.
A common certification is the VCP from VMware. Once you pass the VCP exam, it shows that you are now able to administer a VMware environment. This is an easy way for an employer to quickly judge your skill sets and understanding of a technology.
On the other hand, critics of certifications say that exams can be cheated by using “braindumps”. Braindumps are material that have been memorized from an IT certification and used to provide an almost exact replica of the exam. This devalues the certification especially if it is a popular exam and has a very accurate braindump available. So how does one gauge the value of a certification?