Seems like the number of people taking SCJP is MUCH MUCH GREATER than scwcd etc. Also, one guy told me that an scwcd cert does not have "much value" for employers. I wonder how important this certification is to employers ?
Is it worth pursuing scwcd , or ditch the cert and become a good web-comp developer and show it in an interview ?
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Jan de Boer
Joined: Dec 10, 2010
Pff, well, Rahul, that in the Netherlands really depends on who you are talking too. Some people think certifications are all worthless, mostly the people who have programming experience themselves and can ask you themselves better what you know. Some human resource managers though, like them. I think SCJP is just better known as SCWCD. And also you should see the certification as a confirmation of your knowledge. But the knowledge itself should be the goal, not the paper. Although the paper is an extra motivation and goal to work to. If you do it just for the paper, don't do it.
Every person who sees a certification has a different opinion on certifications. One person may thing you are an expert of the subject and know everything about the subject matter. Other people may simply see that you passed a special multiple choice exam. I think the real advantage of certifications is that it supplements your previous experience and shows some base level of skill. If you have two applicants that both have the same amount of experience and good references, certifications could be the tie breaker.
A big problem with the SCWCD EE5 is that the name does not explicitly state what it covers. Most of the people that look at initial resumes are HR people and not programmers. Their job is to look at the batch of resumes and throw out any that do not contain certain keywords they are looking for. I like how the new certification is called Enterprise Edition 6 JavaServer Pages and Servlet Developer because it explicitly states what technologies it covers. If you already have a job, ask if the company will cover the cost of the exam. If the only "cost" to you is the time spent studying, then it's value is definitely worth the cost.