IT Certifications. Are they worth it?
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?
The best way to evaluate certifications, is to put the greatest value in those that are high level. These certifications are usually not well known and may require a lab. These exams are very difficult and can’t be memorized. Some examples are:
1. VMware’s VCAP exams (DCA and DCD)
2. Cisco’s CCIE
3. Redhat’s RHCE
These types of exams should be respected and valued because they show more than a mere conceptual understanding, which is sometimes the case even for a “real” test taker of a multiple choice exam. Additionally, the time and effort it takes to complete these tests shows that the person is motivated. Over my years of working in the IT industry, a motivated individual is not something you come across too often.
In conclusion, certifications most definitely have a place in the technology industry. However, employers and individuals must be savvy in which certifications they place the most value .
In which certifications do you place high value? Let me know and place a comment below!