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So what did testing certificate yield me

I was being asked to write CSTE since almost commencement of my career. There was one extremely diligent (and I mean it) manager with my previous employer who would always ask us to write CSTE or some other testing certificate.
And I always showed my reluctance towards it. Not because I have any grudge against CSTE (though have extreme grudge against ISTQB) but I have not seen any relation between certificate and testing competency.
I have worked with

  • Exceptional testers without certificate
  • Exceptional testers with certificate
  • Unexceptional testers without  certificate
  • Unexceptional testers with certificate

I could never drew any conclusion between testing competency and certificate.

Back to my manager and I. Soon I confronted a condition. I could get to work on my new assignment only if I wrote QC-9.2, client imposition.
I was darn bored of not having association with any project and decided to write this certificate. Those days it was 9.2, must be 10+ now.
It was hardly any study for 1 week, questions were objective and I easily cleared the exam. And so as anyone else with little brain and time in hand.
So did I get to work for the project? No, project never move beyond pipe line and I was employed in another project working on TestComplete for testing winform application. And yes this time without writing any certification.

Now back to CSTE, we were asked to write CSTE mandatorily. It was as if, more experienced you are more certificates you are ought to have in your profile.
Seeing my past experience I was more reluctant than ever to write any more certificate.
Same diligent manager was promoted as senior manager then associate vice president and then vice president and I still did not write the certificate.

Same manager is not there with my previous employer and I am also working in a new org and yet I am not a certified tester. I am glad that my new job is never going to force me to write any certificate.
And if you have not read this yet then do it first in your leisure time - http://www.satisfice.com/blog/archives/36
I also remember a post on decertifying yourself, though can't Google it now.

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