CompTIA on the Value of Certifications


Certifications are in the center of a continuing debate: When it comes to finding a job, do they help you or not? Do they really provide enough training to set you and your work apart? For a while, a lot of people argued their value was overblown, not really worth the time, effort and expense. These things aren’t cheap.

On the other hand, learning more about solutions and implementation can never be a bad thing, especially in a job market’s as competitive as today’s. It’s probably no surprise that CompTIA, one of the leading providers of vendor-neutral certifications, advocates a certification’s value. And both the group’s leadership, as well as it’s members, make a good case about why you should pursue them.

At CompTia’s Breakaway conference, I asked MJ Shoer, president of service provider Jenaly Technology Group; Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA’s CEO; and Terry Erdle, its EVP of Skills Certification, to tell me why they think certifications are so important. Here’s what they said.

One Response to “CompTIA on the Value of Certifications”


    Depending on who you are, certification can be a blessing and a curse. Many companies won’t hire a person with certifications because they know that person will ask for more money. Plus the co$t maintenance that you have to pay yearly to be certified is insane. As a good faith move and positive delivery of good karma, how about you certify many of the QA’s who are currently out of work?