People who know me know I’m not a very big fan of certifications in general. Truth is that I don’t really mind the certifications per se, but the fact that 9 out of 10 times it’s not a decent way to establish the fact that if somebody actually understand and have the experience in the subject. For instance, passing the tests for a driving license does not make you a good driver, but establishes that you know just enough to get onto the road to gain the experience. What I miss in certifications is establishing the experience about a certain subject. Most certifications are about “knowing the basics”. I want to see more certifications about “i’ve mastered this knowledge”.
Knowledge is power, especially in the current job market. Documentation of your skills enables you to advance your career, or help you to start a new one.
Getting a certificate proves your commitment to upgrade your skills, gives you the credibility needed for more responsibilities, larger projects, and a higher salary.