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Ah, but Geoff, be careful not to fall into the "getting respect" trap by
stating "...it gives our profession more of a "professional" appearance and
increases our visibility." I know you don't favor either position, but
employers really would not regard this type of certification with any
serious merit. It seems to me that any certification initiative by STC would
play into the "we don't get no respect" camp.
<rhetorical question>How on earth does a piece of paper hanging on a wall
get you respect?</rhetorical question>. As someone said the other day,
certification seems to be used as an argument by those who desperately need
to justify their existence on a regular basis to engineers, developers, and
other technical types. Someone who passes a certification exam can be
ineffective in the trenches, where what you know really counts.
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