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what is the purpose of being certified? RRS feed

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  • Candidate A with experience: "I am experienced with technology A."
    Candidate B with no experience: "I am experienced with technology A."

    How do you tell who actually has experience?  The obvious answer is to interview them, but what if you have 1000 applicants?  You need a way to trim down the pool and Microsoft offers its exams as one way to do just that.  Yes, it is true that someone can cheat, which invalidates and lessens the importance of the people who actually took the time to study for the exam.  Fortunately, Microsoft has a team dedicated to thwarting those who would attempt to cheat on their exams.

    The honest answer is 'No, you can't tell if a person has experience just because they have a piece of paper.'  The same thing can be said about degrees.  That same person could have cheated their way through university.


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    Rich Prescott | MCITP, MCTS, MCP

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    Monday, August 29, 2011 12:02 AM
  • Hi,

     

    What I think is experience is always more valuable than the certificates. But the question is how do we judge the expertise of a person only on the basis of the his experience of working with that technology.

     

    A certificate proves the expertise of a candidate in a specific technology and employer can trust that Professional that he has achieved that level of knowledge which is required for this job profile. If a Professional has experience but he don't have certification, the employer need to judge him through his capabilities or they cannot be assure about his abilities until he prove it by his work.

     

    So a certification helps a lot in proving your expertise and level of knowledge in a particular technology but no doubt experience has its positive aspects also.

     

    It really depends, because if a person has achieved the certification only by memorizing the facts and not learned the technology, then the certificate is of no use. and experience always teaches more than books!

     

    Thanks!


    Aparajita Community Manager at uCertify http://www.ucertify.com/
    Monday, August 29, 2011 11:05 AM

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  • Candidate A with experience: "I am experienced with technology A."
    Candidate B with no experience: "I am experienced with technology A."

    How do you tell who actually has experience?  The obvious answer is to interview them, but what if you have 1000 applicants?  You need a way to trim down the pool and Microsoft offers its exams as one way to do just that.  Yes, it is true that someone can cheat, which invalidates and lessens the importance of the people who actually took the time to study for the exam.  Fortunately, Microsoft has a team dedicated to thwarting those who would attempt to cheat on their exams.

    The honest answer is 'No, you can't tell if a person has experience just because they have a piece of paper.'  The same thing can be said about degrees.  That same person could have cheated their way through university.


    If you found this post helpful, please give it a "Helpful" vote. If it answered your question, remember to mark it as an "Answer".

    Rich Prescott | MCITP, MCTS, MCP

    Blog | Twitter: @Arposh | Powershell Client System Administration tool
    Monday, August 29, 2011 12:02 AM
  • IT pro with experience can do the job but may not get the interview.

    Assumption is that someone with cert has just memorised could be wrong as well...

     

    Down the line when you move on the cert will help with that, formalizes your skills

     

    Cheers

    Craig

    mspress.com.au


    Craig Roberts Woodslane
    Monday, August 29, 2011 6:18 AM
  • Hi,

     

    What I think is experience is always more valuable than the certificates. But the question is how do we judge the expertise of a person only on the basis of the his experience of working with that technology.

     

    A certificate proves the expertise of a candidate in a specific technology and employer can trust that Professional that he has achieved that level of knowledge which is required for this job profile. If a Professional has experience but he don't have certification, the employer need to judge him through his capabilities or they cannot be assure about his abilities until he prove it by his work.

     

    So a certification helps a lot in proving your expertise and level of knowledge in a particular technology but no doubt experience has its positive aspects also.

     

    It really depends, because if a person has achieved the certification only by memorizing the facts and not learned the technology, then the certificate is of no use. and experience always teaches more than books!

     

    Thanks!


    Aparajita Community Manager at uCertify http://www.ucertify.com/
    Monday, August 29, 2011 11:05 AM