“Certifications are a farce – they simply test your ability to cram for an exam,” cries one tester in a recent uTest forums exchange. “No way – certifications are extremely valuable and establish credibility to the testing world,” replies another tester.
And it goes on and on… As a witness to the ongoing debate, it’s clear that there may never be a meeting of the minds when it comes to certifications. It’s certainly been thought-provoking and entertaining to read through the vicious cycle of pros and cons supporting both camps. Here are several to spark more debate!
- They provide a base level of knowledge for those interested in the field, including terminology, processes, etc.
- They help testing newbies get their foot in the door of the testing world
- Certain organizations prefer to (or only) hire certified testers
- Passing a certification means that one is serious about testing
- Having a certification differentiates you from the crowd of software testers
- Certifications bodies take in top money to create certs that simply test your ability to cram for an exam and at best possess knowledge – as opposed to your problem solving skills and how to test
- Passing such exams does not prove anything about testing skills & should not get your foot in the door for a job
- Organizations that prefer certified testers are simply lazy about their interviewing process – looking for a piece of paper or label on the resume vs. looking at the candidates skill set
- Passing a certification simply indicates that you are willing to take the time and money to complete a task
- There are so many certified testers – so what differentiates one from another? More advanced certs? Where’s the limit?