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I'm wondering about doing a Qt Certification Exam this year, but I'm not 100% sure the investment is worth.

I'm considering it because I think it could be a nice + on my resume, and as you know, I'm all for improving my software engineer persona. As I already earn a BSc and MSc degrees in computer stuff, I guess I see the certification process as some kind of adventure. Anyway, I know I'll spend a lot of time preparing myself for the exam and I just wanted to know if a Qt certification is worth the effort.

Apparently there are 2 certificates that you can get in the Qt world:

  • Nokia Certified Qt Developer (basic)
  • Nokia Certified Qt Specialist (advanced)

Nowadays I build cross-platform software in C++ and this exam would fit beautifully in my resume. My main concern is that, given the obscure future of Qt, I might be throwing time and money out the window.

I'm looking for some advice regarding the usefulness of such certifications.

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You got a MSc - why do you need some stupid certificate? (-1 is not from me, but I don't think your question fit the faq) –  BЈовић Mar 22 '12 at 7:39
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Thanks for answering it anyway. –  karlphillip Mar 22 '12 at 16:51
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You got a MSc, which is much bigger then any certificate any company offer.

Instead of wasting time and money, you should gain some experience with qt (either through the work using qt on your job, or by using it in some open source project.

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I strongly disagree. Most people who apply to a position have a BSc or MSc. Those who have relevant certificates have more weight to their CV than those who don't. I also doubt that any university teaches one particular technology as deep as a certification requires. And it's not an exclusive choice: to get the cert you need to get better with Qt. –  Tamás Szelei Mar 22 '12 at 8:45
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@TamásSzelei In my opinion, list of certificates is just a noise in resumes. Education and experience is what is more important. Off course, what you can do is the most important (there are lots of people BSing in resumes and trying to fake on interviews) –  BЈовић Mar 22 '12 at 9:11
    
Yes, that's true. And there are lots of cheap certs that are really just noise. But the good ones really are worthy and show that the person has a deep knowledge in the specific area. I can't tell which category the Nokia certs fall in (hence I didn't answer the question). My point is that certifications should not be generally disregarded without researching their merit. For example (although it's not programming but still IT), CCNA certifications are pretty much mandatory if you want to work with networking. You just don't get that kind of knowledge in any university. –  Tamás Szelei Mar 22 '12 at 9:37
    
@TamásSzelei That is a different story. Also, CISCO certificates. But various c, c++, qt, java, etc certificates - you can throw them to garbage. –  BЈовић Mar 22 '12 at 10:05
    
@VJovic Thanks for the answer. I'm already using Qt professionally. ;) –  karlphillip Mar 22 '12 at 12:48
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