- Since certification tests are often done online, there are unscrupulous individuals who hire themselves out to take the test by proxy. The result is a legitimate and verifiable certification that no longer has any meaning.
- Supposedly, certifications are passed using the knowledge only experience can provide. Using an unscrupulous study guide, a test taker can readily memorize the answers, and pass the certification. This person is clearly less proficient than the worker who gained their certification through real world experience.
- Certificate programs are solely overseen and governed by the vendors who sell them. The same question will have a different answer depending on the vendor asking the question. They are product, meant for profit, and designed to teach a brand's marketing.
- Due to the sheer volume of certifications, their significance has waned. For example, Cisco and Microsoft alone have issued more than 4 million certificates.
Which is most important in the IT world? Certifications, a degree, or experience? Regardless of your opinion, there are several very good reasons to be wary of certificates.