I have been in SQA for several years now and I have decided to get some certifications. Certification entities always seem kind of sketchy to me; as in they offer to certify you for several hundred dollars, but it's hard to find which is the most reputable, which isn't just for making money, etc.
Which certifying entities are worth the big bucks to get their certifications and which are the most widely recognized by hiring businesses?
ISTQB is a non-profit organization as far as I know. Their exam rates (around 300 euros per exam) are reasonable as well.
Over here in Europe they're certainly the most widely recognized certifications, I don't know how they hold up to CSTE or CAST in the US. The latter two are virtually unknown over here, whereas everybody in Europe (in the testing world) knows ISTQB.
ISTQB Foundation was a breeze, the Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst was a much harder exam.
I don't think there's any value in them in the US job market at all. Have interviewed far too many people with certifications who turned out to be disappointments. Many employers aren't even aware such things exist. I would most definitely not do it if you paid out of pocket. If your company wants to send you as part of a training budget and you can't find anything better to spend it on, only then would I consider it.
Last edited by NoUse4aName; 07-21-2014 at 07:31 AM.