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Poll Result: “Do you believe it’s important to obtain certification as a tester?”

  • 27/05/2013
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Some discussions on Twitter recently brought the subject of certification into the spotlight once again and to see what the EuroSTAR Community felt about this topic we asked you “Do you think it’s important to obtain certification as a tester?” in the the first EuroSTAR Community Poll of 2013.

The results are in and show that the opinion of the Community is split fairly evenly between the three points of view: Yes, No or it’s not as simple as a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer. There are slightly more testers of the view that certification isn’t something they need to obtain in their testing careers as testers.

Rather than focusing on one specific certification program, we asked about certification as a broader topic. We wanted to know your thoughts on-

 – Is it necessary for testers to be certified?

 – Does certification add weight to your CV when applying for your first job in testing or for a new role?

 – If you are interviewing for a software testing vacancy, do you look for certification when evaluating candidates?

 – Is or was certification a must-have at a certain point in your testing career?


Kobi Halperin suggests that “we need to separate the question of certification, from the question of testing course importance. As someone who took a basic course back in 1994 already, and made sure all my employees went to a testing course too (on company budget), my answer to the need in testing course/s is clear – its a must.

(No one will consider being a programmer without the basic training – so why testers do?) Certification helps some in being more committed to learning course content – but can backfire if course is thought just in order to pass the exam and not to learn testing. Here in IL, there is some resentment from newcomers with no relevant background who waste good money and time for a long course which eventually might not be enough in order to get a job.

I would not say that certification is a key decision when hiring a tester, but its a nice minor advantage (saving me a short 4 day course budget).

A tester with basic training should not be expected to be an expert – but it does give a general idea and common language, which has improved with introduction of WW certificates.

All in all – I think certifications are good, and promote our profession towards being a common academic course for SW engineers.”

Srinivas Kadiyala says:
“I dont prefer to do certification only to get a job – learning from dumps without no experience in testing.

If some one learning new things/course/classes and want to challenge their skills – they can prefer writing a certification.

But Certification agencies should not marketize themselves saying “ISTQB lands you a greater positions in industry”.. This makes companies/clients saying “No ISTQB – No Job”.

Many people having good skills in testing also not getting job as they are not accrediated with a certificate.”

Geoff Loken points out the element of the cost of certification.

“This conversation should consider the cost of certification. Mandatory certification would be a major entry barrier for anyone hoping to get into the field, or hoping to improve their resume while working for an employer with limited training funds.

The cost of tech certification can be outrageous… presumably because employers often front the cost. For individuals and less affluent employers that can be a huge barrier.

Training and education can be massively important but they need to build skills and opportunities, not barriers. If I’d needed thousands of dollars worth of training to land my first job in this industry I’d be doing something else today.”


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