Professional Certifications: Why get certified in the first place? by Przemek (Shem) Radzikowski
There are some very good points made in this article and it is very comprehensive.
I would add a couple of other points:
- 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”
- 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