Re: Not again: certification?

Subject: Re: Not again: certification?
From: "Lurker writer" <lurker_writer -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 09:46:34 -0500

Ah, but Geoff, be careful not to fall into the "getting respect" trap by stating " 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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