I have been writing articles for a new site I am launching and some of them are about having credibility. It got me thinking. Does a certification give you credibility?
Passing an exam only really means one thing. That you passed the exam. In the context of Cisco, unless you have cheated somehow then it means you have hit the level of knowledge Cisco deem you need for that level of role:
Network Associate Network Professional or Network Expert
The certification gains you:
Respect from colleagues Personal satisfaction Career choices Kudos Increased confidence
But this isn’t the main thing to be honest, although they are all important.
Having the qualification means you are the sort of person who has the determination and tenacity to put the work in to achieve your goals.
You can be answering all the forum questions. Know all the configs and secret commands but when it comes down to it, do you have the strength of character to sit down for two hours per day and do you have the courage to walk into the testing centre and risk failure.
Hats off to you if you do because you are in the minority.