I’ll be honest. I’ve never had much time for certification. Personally, I am blissfully uncertified with an exception: by virtue of authoring an IBM Smalltalk certification test, am considered certified (actually, there were two tests). Well, that’s not totally true: I am also an “IBM Senior Certified I/T Specialist”. Though this certification is a lot more involved than the typical “pass a test and you’re certified” approach to certification.
I’ve never found certification interesting. I’ve known some extremely talented software developers who miserably failed language certification tests; I’ve worked with a few “aces” who passed the test, but are about as smart as a sack of hammers when it comes to writing software. Whenever I look at a resume, I just gloss over certifications, because my experience tells me that they’re just not all that valuable and really tell me nothing about the individual.
It seems that, according to research reported in eWeek, others out there agree.
The Eclipse Training working group has been discussing such things which is why I bring it up. Does the Eclipse community need certification?