I'd like to seek some advice and guidence for the new beginer in web testing field. How to start and where to start? Who is the right certifier? What will be the begining step after certification? currently iam working as a retail manager in a masive UK company. I am very well in computers and multimedia (photoshop) also good in internet. Hope to hear from you m8
Wrong approach, IMHO. You appear to think that certification is the first step in the career. The first step is to learn the skills needed. You can do that in an academic environment, or - better, I believe - by getting an entry-level position and learning on the job. If you're lucky, your employer might even pay for training.
Hmmmm. I can't really tell from your post if you're ambitious or a tad rude. One way to start off is to begin your own research. Pull up amazon or google and do a quick search on software testing books. If you go to amazon you'll even be able to see reviews. The first book I bought was "Testing Applications on the Web". I agree with the other poster. Certification shouldn't be your main goal right now. Are you currently working in testing? I'd like to point out the I was a software developer for many years and am now a tester and even with all of that under my belt I'm not one tad bit concerned about certification right now (and neither is my employer). Food for thought.
A certification might help you get a job over someone else who has no experience, but I don't believe they are very important. I've been in testing for 11 years and have never tried to get one nor have I ever been asked if I had one. There's a forum here for certifications; do some searching in there and you'll probably find something.
Originally posted by kish_IT: IMHO? I thought employer will access our skill on the basis of certificate though i am a fast learner. Please guide me the right book for the beginners to start this career.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">I do not consider certification when hiring - I look for skills, attitude and other aptitudes that a good tester usually has. I do not care about the ability to study and pass tests.
There are some cultures, and I believe that India is one of them that, do put a much bigger emphasis on certification.
Certification should not be considered as a springboard into a job which expects an experienced person. It is not.
I have started seeing a lot of job descriptions asking for CSTE/CSQE here in the US. Check jobsites like Dice or Monster and you would be surprised by the search results.
My personal experience: My certifications gave me interview calls (apparently my resume got picked because of them along with relevant experience). This has got no intrinsic value by itself unless you prove in the interview with your own ability and experience. They are not a free pass to a job.
As we say in Scuba Diving: "Certified does not mean Qualified".
In the realm of software experience is everything. I have a CSTE certification along with 18+ years experience. I got my CSTE a few years ago to 'validate' my experience, not the other way around. Even then it has done little for me. It helped get a couple of interviews over the years, but it was my experience and skills that got me the job.
Nowaday the certification programs only prove you read the material and can regurgitate it on demand. Applying that information to everyday work is another thing.
I recommend getting some experience first and prove yourself, then later on think about certification.