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Are certifications worth it?

I want to know which are those certifications which can help in increasing job chnaces more.

Although experience is more important than certifications but if there is tie on experience then certifications can matter

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Do those certifications really put some weight in a resume? –  Nikko Sep 13 '11 at 10:47
    
As an employee I feel those certificates are not worth my time. There is one reason for that, the exam itself only proves you went know the material that you reviewed. The only thing you get out of taking some of these courses, is you get introduced to concepts that might new to you, and are told the best way to approach them. –  Ramhound Sep 13 '11 at 11:51
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None. A lot of good coders consider certification a waste of time. If your not sure of which one to do then you should be focusing on actual coding. I would suggest starting a pet project. You can then put that on your cv as a code example.

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Not that I disagree that the certs are basically a waste of time, but coders are rarely the ones reviewing the resume and choosing their new team mate. HR and management do place a value on these and they can help with landing a job. –  Chad Sep 13 '11 at 13:10
    
@Chad I wouldent want to work at a place where I wasnt hired by a coder –  Tom Squires Sep 13 '11 at 15:02
    
well business people run business well. Coders write code well rarely do you find one that does both well of even ok. And even if the coder is the one doing the interview you still have to get past the HR and Management gatekeepers. –  Chad Sep 13 '11 at 16:29
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Certifications from well respected organizations that are not affiliated with companies or tied to a specific technology are, in my opinion, the best options. These include the IEEE CSDA and CDSP, the (ISC)2 certifications, the Software Engineering Institute certification programs, and the PMI project management certifications. Other options that would also be looked upon favorably are continuing education and graduate certificates from colleges and universities.

The single most important thing to consider when choosing a certification program that it is relevant to the work that you do or want to be doing. It also matters (to some extent) how the industry that you want to work in looks at certifications - some (defense, aerospace, medical) look favorably upon certifications (and in particular, certain certifications over others), while in others, it doesn't matter as much. Don't get a certificate for the sake of getting a certificate - use it to demonstrate competence that your (perspective) employer needs or to prove your capabilities in a certain area.

However, in the end, experience usually trumps certification, with the exception of a few rare cases. In those cases, there's usually an underlying factor for getting the certification. An example is in the defense industry - in order to work in certain secure government facilities, you need an approved security certification. In my experiences, your employer will pay for this certification if you are otherwise qualified and don't have it yet, but that might not always be the case.

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I'd say that at least Scrum Master certification and a RHCE seem to be considered useful in job ads.

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There is one Sun (now Oracle) certification that better regarded as the other ones, it's the Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (now Oracle Certified Master, Java Enterprise Architect) one. You have to obtain two certifications before (which are Q&A exams), but for the last and most important one you must:

  1. pass a Q&A exam,
  2. solve and implement a real-life architecture scenario (you do it at home),
  3. write an essay on a real-life architecture scenario (to be able to register you need to have successfully passed the first two)

Check out Oracle's information on the subject. It seems that at least 1/3 candidates fail the exam the first time. Since you cannot cheat on the essay, it has much more weight on your resume than just the "standard" Q&A-based certifications.

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