Last summer I attended course for "Certified Ethical Hacker" led by Mr. Wayne Burke. The course was great. Mr. Burke was awesome, flashing with energy all the time, he would stay hours late just to share another piece of his experience with us.
I learned a lot of new things, took lot of notes (to which I keep returning), and most importantly, it pushed my way of thinking in a direction.
However, due to unfortunate circumstances, I did not attend the actual certification exam, therefore I do not hold the certificate.
Now I'm looking for a job (in QA, not necessarily security-related) and while updating my CV, I ask myself: Should I mention the course in the CV? I'm thinking about two possible final effects:
positive, since I have been there, seen it, understood most of it---better than nothing, well?
negative, as it could be perceived as failure, so why remind it? Plus, I definitely don't want to look like someone who is boasting with CEH and then turns out he did not make it
Is there a recommended rule of thumb on these situations? Does anyone have similar experience?
Note: Frankly (aside from what should be considered rational in context of career market), personally I do feel strongly enlightened by the course, and I do believe it helped me a lot in my growth. I don't even consider the missing cert as a personal failure: compared to the actual course, the (preview) questions were a bunch of numbers and tool names to cram up my head.
Update: Finally I decided to list the course, in spirit as @tdammers wrote about.
Anyway, in of interview I've been to, I was not given questions about
C|EH--neither technical ones nor "where is your
certificate", which is not surprising since as I have pointed out, I wasn't
looking for particularly security-centered position.
Now I have a new job--just as exciting as I hoped for.