I've been a member of this forum for years now, but my former industry didn't really apply itself to the discussions here. Now that I'm in a more traditional (if that exists) development environment, I finally find a lot more applicability in the discussions and practices discussed here.
That being the case, I'm curious as to the general view of gaining QA certifications from organizations such as IIST (International Institute of Software Testing). My company is sending me there this weekend and again in December (certification requires 10 days of education and applicable professional experience), and I'm wondering from professionals as yourselves if its viewed as truly valuable or merely the certificate being a nice decoration I can post on my cube wall to impress folks.
Mike, the certification course will provide you with a number of things, firstly (depending on the type of course) a "formal" method and approach to testing. Secondly (if you have been in the industry for some time) reinforcement and in many instances refinement of your testing practices. Thirdly, and more importantly in places such as the UK, Europe and Australia to some extend, a requirement that you have certification, if you intend work in the field of
testing. You will find some more information on the following web sites covering testing certification www.stickyminds.com.
Mike, I am also pursuing the IIST CTM path. I'm not sure if it will do for me what I want it too. As I will be retiring before too long and plan on doing some part-time consulting. I only have 2 more courses to attend and I will be completed. The training from IIST is very good and quite useful, but since they are only day-long sessions the instructors vary quite a bit.
Also for what the cost is for the week in December you might want to consider attending the PSQT Conference in Sept. There are only 3 days of training, but I think the conference is well worth the extra effort. It is very professional and quite informative.