Though I personally don't admire certificates but happened to write one (QC 9.2) on my own. This happened last year when I was told about a project which needed experience on QC and client had asked have QC certified resource working on it. Well exam was really easy and I happen to clear it. Irony is project never materialized and I never got to work on QC. Happened to mention about certification on my resume and under the influence of this group removed it.
Of late I have been interviewing testing candidates and a few of them have certification batch with them. And we all know most famous certification batch in market is ISTQB (I must appreciate their marketing for sure and hope they contribute a share of their earnings to some open source testing projects. Though I am not very hopeful of this.).
I am listing here the responses I receive from the candidates -
- One candidate having more than 2 years of experience said - "I wanted to learn testing concepts". My response - "So you were not aware of testing concepts for past two years". I can't recall the response of Candidate.
- One candidate said - "I have written foundation level exam for ISTQB". My question - "So what did you learn?". Candidate - "Nothing much but I am planning to write advance level and would definitely learn from it." !@#!@#!@#!$@$$!@
- Another candidate said - "Certification fetches you better salary", I can only imagine how much money I have lost so far.