Professional Certifications: Why get certified in the first place? by Przemek (Shem) Radzikowski

read Shem’s article at



There are some very good points made in this article and it is very comprehensive.

I would add a couple of other points:

  1. certifications based on demonstrated competencies and the ability to produce real value added “work products” are more valuable and demonstrate “what you can do” more than “what you know”
  2. combining the SFIA skills framework and the different levels of skill described there with the relevant Body of Knowledge provides a good basis for this

Disappointingly – many certification / training providers prey on people’s desire for certifications and many employers also play along with this.
For many organisations it seems easier to send people on a “training course” instead of thinking about how our people’s performance will deliver business value and creating/implementing ways to achieve that performance