Well, today I've been reading a bit about the site’s general consensus regarding the ISEB Certifications and I’m really confused as to -
1.) People’s opinions of the certification and where they got them?
2.) What’s so bad about getting it?
From what I’ve been reading, I fear that most of the stigma attached to the certification is down to having to learn? Someone even called it a “Memory test”?
Surely as a software tester, your ultimate aim is to achieve a higher understanding of the things you test? Am I the only person on this site that actually read the course materials and learned something rather than treating it like a massive drain on my time?
The whole reason I decided to go for the certification is because I found the idea of software testing and the principles behind it so intriguing and wanted to learn more. Since doing my foundation course I’ve gotten my Intermediate Certification also and found the experience wholly enjoyable.
To call the certification a memory test is nothing short of ignorance in my opinion.
I’m not trying to be an advocate for ISEB and their certifications and tell you all that you MUST get one, however, what’s the harm in getting it?
You might even learn something along the way, regardless of how much experience you have.
I’ve seen people moaning about not being able to get jobs due to not having the certification, yet I know for a fact that it’s not that difficult, honestly, if I can get it having literally 0 experience of using the techniques or lessons learned from the text, then how difficult can it be for someone that uses them on almost a daily basis?
I'll be the first person to admit that people with these qualifications being chosen over those with years worth of experience is a massive shame as it should never be taken over experience, however, for those people that moan about not being able to get work whilst not having the certification, just get the certification! It's not expensive and it improves your chances of getting work?
Tell me where the downside of that is?
Thank you Phil for the insightful reading, I don't think I'll be giving the BCS anymore of my money...
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