The Value of Becoming Certified
People that are already on the expert level and beyond may see no need for certification. Their experiences attest to their skills. If any, certification for them could just be embellishment on their résumé. In other words, they don’t need any certifications to speak of their accomplishments or prove the depths of what they know.
Experts and the like do not need certifications. Although they can choose to get certified, it is not necessary for them to be certified on their field (unless required by their company). For the rest of us, certification might be a necessity.
• Broadens your Knowledge
• Distinguishes You from Other DBAs
• Company Recognition and Rewards
• Peer Recognition
• Can become a Microsoft Certified Trainer
• Potential College Credit
• Microsoft Specific Benefits
I think the most important item in the list above is the “Broadens your knowledge”. Rightly so, “certification exams force you to study technology areas that you might otherwise ignore.” [McGehee]. Studying for the exams compels you to step outside your bounds. It introduces you to topics that are not usually listed on your daily tasks.
Becoming certified is not all about the recognitions or advantages you can get from it. It speaks not only of what you *already* know but also proves that you are *capable* of further knowledge. Certification proves also that you are serious about getting better on your chosen field, and that you are capable of doing so.