I've been working in the field for nearly six years and I was curious to hear some opinions. I was wondering who you think would benefit the most from obtaining a certification. Would someone that has 5+ years experience draw positive and useable results? I don't want to make this sound as though given my experience, I couldn't learn from such a certification. That is not at all true. However, I am trying to figure out not just for myself, but for my department, how much we would gain if we were to seek certification.
My question is rather general and doesn't pertain to a specific certification. I suppose I am hoping to hear from those that are in a similar position who have possibly approached the next step.
Thanks for replying, Rebecca. I don't believe that there is anything to lose. But I would be especially interested in what there is to gain in addition to the knowledge received by an experienced QA employee. For example, if I were trying to convince my employer to send a few of us to training, what benefits could be highlighted that might make them think that they aren't wasting their money.
Software Certifications benefits the software industry, the individual, the employer and co-workers:
Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK)
Code of ethics
Recognition by IT management for professional achievement
Professional competencies maintained through recertification
Competency resources to IT staff
I read in many threads from the experienced people that to pass the examination the definitions etc have to be answered per CBOK.
I guess people follow Code of Ethics only on the forums. E.g. discussing exam questions here is prohibited. But I have seen some certified people discussing those in my office/in person.
I find it hard to understand that the professional competency can be maintained through these certifications even if you have 5 yrs of experience (& assuming you are doing good in your job).
So going back to your question & Rebecca's answer, I still don't get the 'gain' part.
Some companies (rightly or wrongly) think that someone with a certification is better than someone without. This is even sometimes true. A certification may actually make you eligible for a job. Sometimes you cannot even get a job unless you do have a certification.
In certain companies you may even get recognition or even a pay raise if you take and pass a certification. You may also get opportunities to move into another position within the company.
Some certifications do provide codes of ethics to follow - however the people who would follow these probably have a similar code of ethics even if they do not have a certification. You are also right that some people do not follow the codes of ethics - however this does not make it right for those that believe in them not to follow them. Personally I will report people to the organizations if I see them continually failing to follow the code of ethics.
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