Certification – Poor Picks – Low Level Certs
We are exploring my poor choices for areas in which to certify. Today we will look at Low Level Certifications
Let’s face it, if a certification is easy to attain, everyone who wants it will have it. Don’t waste your time. Instead, focus on a challenging certification. Some see value in a beginner going after a low-hanging certification, but I think that it’s doing them a disservice to allow them to think that the certification itself is what matters at that level. The processes of studying and practicing test-taking skills are far more valuable than the certification itself. Their time is better spent getting a basic book/website and learning on their own until they’re at a level where certification will help them out.
Once you have narrowed your focus, take a look at the certifications available in that area. Most certifications are “tiered” with low, middle, and high levels of proficiency on which you are tested. If you do not have much experience yet, you may be tempted by the low level certification. Don’t be. Develop the experience needed to go after the middle level. You’ll get a better learning experience AND a better story to tell. You will also be able to better distinguish yourself from those people that start at level 1 and stop.
(Disclaimer: I do not have any low-level certifications)