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jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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6/28/2014 | 11:27:00 PM
Re: Cost
For many years my employer paid for exams on the basis that they would pay for your first attempt, and the one you pass. That way you get some buffer especially for less well known exams (or very new versions of them) that don't have the same level of study material out there for them - but the pressure is still very much on you to pass.

 

I think that's a particularly fair policy; so for example with the CCIE, it seems wholly unreasonable to say that a company will only pay for the one you pass, given that most people still fail first time...
AbeG
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AbeG,
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6/28/2014 | 6:09:30 PM
Re: Cost
The question also, of who benefits more employee or employer when the employer pays for the certification?

Oftentimes, the employer will only pay for the certification if the employee gets a passing grade, which can be risky for the employee considering how difficult some of these certifications are.  This could be yet another justification for cheating, not being able to afford (literaly) to fail.

Another common stipulation may be that the employee can only get re-imbursed for 1-2 exams per year and must agree to work at the company for say 1yr after the last exam has been taken.  Let's say a person is going for a certification that requires 5 exams.  That means, it would take you at least 3yrs to get certified if you want to be re-imbursed, plus an extra year working for the company.  Once these 4yrs are over, it is likely that the certification provider has already created an updated version of the credential.

At that point, do you start the process all over again or maybe enter the job marketplace with an outdated credential?
AbeG
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AbeG,
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6/28/2014 | 6:02:45 PM
Re: Cost
I agree.  Not only is cost an issue, but then there is the question of who stands to benefit the most from the fact that you just spend a lot of time and money getting certified?

When there is an abundance of certified professionals for competing technology #1 vs. competingn tech #2.  Technology #1 will become more popular because the labor will end up being cheaper and there will be more experts who know how to handle it, thereby giving the technology a better reputation of being efficient, reliable, and trusted by many industry professionals.
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AbeG,
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6/28/2014 | 5:58:17 PM
Re: Cost
I think certifications are a very controversial issue.  Some people will justify cheating on exams and that may be one (not the only) explanation behind some people who have a long list of certifications.
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aditshar1,
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6/27/2014 | 2:25:20 AM
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Any one out here for Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP), how well it suits cloud and virtulization needs. Any experiances .
aditshar1
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6/27/2014 | 2:17:43 AM
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@Susan, You keep up a point, no use of collecting bunch of certificates it will just take your resume in different and confusing direction. I believe your certificates should reflect your expertise so employer understand what exactly candidate can deliver.
MarciaNWC
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6/26/2014 | 10:59:18 AM
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Certifications are always a big point of debate in security; while many say you can't be without a CISSP, others say practical experience is way more valuable, and is what employers are looking for above all. I'm guessing a lot of employers though use the CISSP as a checklist item in hiring.
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/26/2014 | 9:34:46 AM
Re: Cost
I always wonder when I see a person with a really long list of certifications how they possibly had time to study and take all of those tests while doing a full-time job. If you are a consultant or something I can see why it might be really useful for getting clients and work, but if not, it seems kind of extraneous to just collect them...
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6/24/2014 | 6:28:47 PM
Re: Cost

@Susan... Yes, if you are employed by a company that will pay for you to become certified that's great. If you are coming out of school and trying to break into the field it makes it tough. I don't see certs going away anytime soon.

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aditshar1,
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6/24/2014 | 1:47:27 AM
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I agree you on cross vendor certification, but one hiring tend these days shows that employers prefer candidate with valid certification in the area they expertise. But i do admit that too many certifications also hamper your resume.
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