The Ins and Outs of Cheating

Although instances of exam piracy and other forms of cheating with regard to IT certifications seem to have declined in the past few years, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen anymore — unfortunately, a few candidates still use brain dumps, proxy test takers and other methods to get a certification they didn’t really earn.

If pressed about it, some of them would probably ask why it matters so much. After all, they aren’t hurting anyone, right?

Actually, they are — their fellow techies. The contract between an IT pro and a credentialing program is that if the former works diligently to master a set of skills and knowledge, pays a fee and passes an exam or set of exams, then the certifying body will formally recognize that person as having a certain level of proficiency in that area, which in turn will lead to desired jobs, promotions, raises and other professional perks.

Some, however, have opted to play outside the rules within their own industry when it comes to credentialing.

As a result, many employers look askance at certifications. If several candidates can (and do) get a credential by cheating — and without actually knowing anything about the subject matter — then what good does it do for people who have to make hiring decisions? This damages both innocent and guilty parties by undermining the overall view of IT certifications.

Regrettably, there always will be people who try to cheat. It’s up…



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