CSTP vs. CSTE
I have two questions.
1. How useful would a certification such as CSTE be for someone who has a Masters in Computers as well as a couple of years experience with manual testing?
2. There is a certification offered by the International Institute for Software Testing, called Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP). Any advantages of taking this certification as opposed to CSTE?
Re: CSTP vs. CSTE
Any Certification, be it CSTE, CSQA, or SCJP ... is a demonstration of one's Common body of Knowledge. By achieving a certification, one keeps distinct.
I know Curently XML, but How do I show up the world that I know XML. Certification is the way.
Re: CSTP vs. CSTE
Funny this discussion seems to be happening everywhere. Here's a snippet from the LR mailing list - the poster is Richart Atlee. All I can say is that I couldnt agree more.
The Reason for Certification is:
1. To get past the Blocker and Screener in Personnell.
2. Prove to those in management that you know what they don't.
3. To get the opportunity to talk with those who really know the technical
side of the subject job opening.
4. To pass government standards, because they are very big on degrees and
certification. They have to be 'objective' and go more by paper and years
than actual abilities.
5. To learn a standards of practice of how to do the subject technology.
6. The certification solidifies the knowledge.
Once you get to the Techie that's too busy keeping the wheels on the
business, you do indeed have to know your stuff about a broad range of
technical stuff. The more stuff you know and can do, the better.
Yes, I have run across my share of people who are degreed and worthless and
those who cannot take a test but can use some bubble gum and screws to make
a McGyver-like miracle happen with computers....
There are too many hackers that call themselves Developers. Hackers spew
out code, whether it works or not. Developers follow a methodology, any
methodology, to lay out requirements, design, code, test and release.....The
same goes with Load Testing.
In my own personal case, I knew what I knew. I knew my abilities. I knew
based upon my successes. But, until I got my first certification,
Recruiters would put me in a box that was far lower than where I knew I was.
I never knew just how beneficial others look towards certifications until I
earned the first one. That fueled my energies to earn two more
certifictions instead of going back to spend several years sequestered
earning a Masters. During the Go-Go days of the Dot Com Era, I was getting
the most intoxicating offers....Even through the darkest days of this past
summer and fall, I have continued to get telephone calls from would be
recruiters....And where the game counts, I have been gainfully employed at
an extremely good dollar volume, all the while.
Do I take Certifications too seriously? No. Where the rubber meets the
pavement is what really counts. This is why I have a home network of 8
machines, two KVM's, 2 hubs, 9 operating systems with more to load when more
hard drives are bought, tons of software and 2 Internet connections, and am
> The question "...
> P.S. I've known countless exceptional uncertified load testers who can
> rings around many of the certified ones. Certification in of itself does
> not add any more legitimacy to a professional than the pathetic attempts
> an illegitimate regime calling the country it screws "People's Democratic
> Banana Republic."
> I'd say stop getting so tight-assed about certifications and get on with
> job of load testing.
> - Jayan