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Having international certificates from giant companies like Microsoft, Cisco, etc. can be a great help to your career. Also if you have a decent amount of experience, you're fine getting a job. How about free, but active membership of W3C? They don't give you certificates. You just become a member, think about recommendations and proposals, participate in decision-making process and that's all.

Does W3C membership help future career?

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Something you can just get for free with no exclusivity doesn't count for much. Arguably something you have to buy ("Look, I paid money to become a member of the ACM") at least shows you're serious enough to spend your own dough, but even that is not terribly impressive. I'd be much more impressed if you could point to a significant rep on a Stack Exchange site, and it looks like you're well on your way there!

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"Something you can just get for free with no exclusivity doesn't count for much." I think thats wrong. You can contribute to OpenSource projects, e.g. via GitHub or start your own OpenSource projects. I think its much more impressive if you can say "Look there, this is code that was written by me which does XY / improved ABC" than to say "I payed for a membership in ASDF". @Saeed Neamati: So if an active membership in W3C means that you've verifiably contributed to a standard, this could be very interesting. –  moose Feb 15 '13 at 18:03
    
Who says open source projects have no exclusivity? Many open source projects are meritocracies (with Apache being a notable example). –  Scott Wilson Feb 16 '13 at 12:10

This W3C page indicates that there is no such thing as an individual membership, nor a "free" membership for any party.

http://www.w3.org/participate/faq.html

The first question is 'Can I participate "as an individual" in W3C?'

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But look at this question: w3.org/Consortium/membership-faq#individual –  Paŭlo Ebermann Jul 26 '11 at 22:09

The W3C does not have free memberships for individuals*—or to be more precise, they don't have any kind of membership for individuals. They do allow individuals to join as organizations, but they have to pay like organizations to get in.

If you have €1950/$1905 per year and nothing better to do with it, go ahead (it's a deal—I'd have to pay €7800/$7900).

But given that they have hundreds of members and you wouldn't have the backing of a BigCo behind you, what's the point?


* With one exception: if you're an invited expert. In that case, they will contact you.

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Minor quibble: the FAQ item linked in Jelly Stone's answer says that you can ask the WG Chair to invite you as an expert. –  Peter Taylor Jul 28 '11 at 8:45
    
@Peter - The FAQ says: Some individuals who are not employed by a W3C Member may participate as an "invited expert" but in the general case, such participation is subject to approval by the group Chair and Team contact. I've looked through it (before today, even!) and I can't find anywhere that it says anything other than "they invite you." –  Dori Jul 28 '11 at 8:55
    
A different FAQ : "Note that academics who are experts in a field may ask the Working Group Chair to be invited to join the Working Group as an Invited Expert." (Sorry, it was linked in a comment to Jelly Stone's answer. My mistake). –  Peter Taylor Jul 28 '11 at 14:16
    
@Peter - The important word in the phrase "Invited Expert" is invited. Sure, you can ask, but that doesn't mean they'll extend an invitation. –  Dori Aug 6 '11 at 1:08
    
That's why I said it was a minor quibble. –  Peter Taylor Aug 6 '11 at 9:16

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