“How many of your certifications are now obsolete?”
Monday’s Web poll question asked readers “How many of your certifications are now obsolete?” About 25 percent of you said three or more of the certs you earned are kaput. On the surface, this may mean you’ve invested a lot of time and effort and received a short-lived or very small return, but I wonder if those now defunct certs have been replaced with something better? For instance, Microsoft has SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 due for release in November. New certification exams for the products will probably follow a month or two thereafter. That’s not a new phenomenon, but how the new exams will fit into the existing certification structure should be new. So for those of you with certifications on the developer track, your certs may not vanish, but you may need to follow a transition path. Bottom line, Microsoft claims changes were made to make it easier for potential employers to identify job roles and skills that certified professionals are truly qualified to fill. You may be like, “Yeah, right. They want more money from testing fees! I’m just trying to stay current.” But the choice is yours: roll with the sea of change or wade ashore and let it pass you by.