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how much is too much with certifications?

Andles Jurgen
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Joined: Mar 18, 2002
Posts: 67
I was looking through some other forums on JavaRanch and came across a few signatures a little like the following:
MCP
MCT
SCWCD
Sun Certified Java Programmer
Sun Certified Java Developer
I-Net+ Certified
A+ Certified
Network+ Certified
MCSD
MCDBA
Linux+
IBM Certified professional - XML and related technologies.
My question is "can you have too many certs and actually devalue your SCJP2 or other programmer certs?
I only ask because my immediate reaction to seeing signatures such as ones like the above is "Wow, this guy really can't know too much at all about any particular topic!!" Had I been an employer I would have been quite skeptical about this guys real world knowledge and experience.
This signature is actually fairly reasonable compared to a few others I have seen - including one guy stating in his signature that he was certified in over 125 areas!
Can you actually devalue yourself taking this many tests - or am I just thinking back to front here?? Surely you would only selectively put these on a resume per job application???
Feedback appreciated. Wondering whether or not to be happy with my measely 3 IBM and Sun certs or to go the whole hog and take 6000 more tests this year.
Jessica Sant
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Joined: Oct 17, 2001
Posts: 4313

On one side -- it might look like you're a jack of all trades, master of none -- on the other hand, you can go into an interview and they can see you're trainable -- and you'll have a very good chance at having the skills they're looking for.


- Jess
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Fred Barnes
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Joined: Jun 11, 2002
Posts: 62
I don't think the actual number of certification is really important. I just think the different certification need to related to one another. e.g. If I have 3 Sun Certification and use allot of XML during project. I don't think it would hurt my CV much if I certify in XML. However I don't think you will really impress and potential employer if you have a Sun certification and a MCSE. They are totally different field with in the industry.
That's just my 2 cents.
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Fred
SCJP2
!(SCWCD)
Alan Chong
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Joined: Jun 05, 2002
Posts: 106
" guy stating in his signature that he was certified in over 125 areas! "
125 areas ? Impossible !
If he spent two months for each certificate, he
needed 20 years !
Andles Jurgen
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Joined: Mar 18, 2002
Posts: 67
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However I don't think you will really impress and potential employer if you have a Sun certification and a MCSE. They are totally different field with in the industry.
that was exactly my opinion - I think this is what I got the whole "too much" idea from.
Sure, have a look around the SCWCD forum and you will see posts from this guy with the 125 certs. I think they were actually Brainbench tests he had taken. Maybe he is 150 years olds or he just takes certs for a living!
I think perhaps there are a few who like to do these tests as a challenge to themselves and not really for employment or even to use the skills later on - just for fun.
Think I will stick with a few relavant certs and fine tune the skills. After IBM XML, No more tests - at least for a while.
 
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