This isn't the first time someone has questioned the value of certification. Earlier this year at the Conference of the Association for Software Testing it was a hot topic. Some people argued that passing the certification test means just that. It proves only that the person is book-learned and knows what was on the test -- not what the person actually knows or is capable of.
It's difficult finding skilled, knowledgeable people to hire, so I can understand why companies would want job candidates to have "seals of approval." But people are much more than that. Their experience, skills, overall education and personality are worth more than a piece of paper that says they passed the exam.
What do you think? Are certifications valuable? Why or why not? What are the risks to being certified? Send your comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.