How Come You Are Not Certified??


Are you a testing professional? Are you an active community member and contributor? Do you have your own blog dedicated to software testing?

And you are still not certified? That’s a shame, really.

First of all, word “certification” is cool. It has a magic, brain-powdering effect on recruiters. It is also loved by keyword search engines.

Second, since you already have it, why hiding? Those who want will find out that anyway.

I say, be proud of it, and write as it is:

* A certified owner-author of a professional testing blog
* A certified participant at Weekend Testing Americas*
* A certified contributor to open source development project

I see you get me.

But I hear some voices of those still worrying about “search keywords”. Come on, stop whining! You are testers, you are the problem-solvers! What is the problem? You are afraid that your resume won’t make it into search results because it doesn’t contain “ISTQB” or another abracadabra, are you? Are you sure you have nothing to say about it in your resume?

Here is another hint: “Although I’m currently an intermediate student of Context-Driven School of Testing I can beat any ISTQB certified “expert” in a testing challenge”. Of course, you need to be able to prove your claim – but that’s in your hands. And if you are asked to show a “paper”, ask how a paper can be a substitute of testing skills. And say proudly: “I am certified by my work and the professional testing community!”


* Or any other Weekend Testing chapter. There are 3 chapters in India, Australia / New Zealand chapter, Europe Chapter, and Weeknight Testing in UK. Wherever you are, you can join any chapter through Skype. But being a facilitator at WTAmericas I give you a special invite 🙂

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3 Responses to “How Come You Are Not Certified??”

  1. Rosie SherryApril 6, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I use to put “I am not ISEB certified” to ensure the right keyword was in my cv. This often got positive remarks, sometimes negative too 🙂

  2. SumitMay 15, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    @Albert – you probably know why testers are doing certifications – http://www.sumitkalra.com/qatesting/?p=61

  3. Albert GareevMay 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    @Sumit,

    Your short list of reasons sounds more like “why testers are forced to do certification” or – “why they think they are forced”.