Is IT certification still relevant?
I received an interesting article, dealing with the issue on the necessity of getting certified. I have to admit, that I'm one of those sitting on the fence. For one, some certifications' lifetimes are so short that they may not be worth it. An example of this would be Microsoft's .NET certifcations, with .NET 2.0 barely out for more than a year, .NET 3.0 certifications are already in the works.
Another thing is the easy access to "sample" questionnaires. I know of several former co-workers (in a previous company) who got certified just by reading the questionnaires over and over again and memorizing the correct answer for each question. It's kind of disheartening to know that some people get certified without actually "deserving" it. Given that, it somehow lessens the "weight" of holding a certification title. What's to stop employers from assuming that you're just one of those who used a "sample questionnaire" to obtain the certification?
If certifications were really awarded only to those who deserve it, and if there were no, for lack of a better term, "cheat sheets", I think IT certification would definitely be worth it. But hey, that's just my opinion. Feel free to share your comments.