I recently got a job in the Denver area for $25/hr. The funny thing is that I told them that I was certified, when in fact I am not. I just studied the Mock Exams and was able to answer over 80% of the interview questions. I plan on taking the real test at the end of August (I have already scheduled it). The opportunity presented itself, tweaked my resume a little, and just like that my foot was in the door. Try it, it just might work for you. I start Monday. PS. I have over 4yrs C++ programming experience.