Are all certificates equal?

Are all certifications for web design the same? By that I mean, do employers take into account if a certificate is from one organization versus another? And what makes up a certification? I mean, is it registered with a government organization?
Sorry if this question is a bit simplistic.

For what it’s worth, in all my searching I never ran across a single “web design” (specifically) job that asked for a certification of any kind. Other than, sometimes, a college degree.


Same as @jeffreylees. I would not advise to put that in your resume even if you had one. I’d say showing a portfolio speaks louder than certification.


Some DB administrator jobs that I’ve seen require certain certifications (Oracle based) so as Jeffrey says, it depends on what job you mean.

For web design, I agree with sg707, they’d rather have a visual of what yo uare capable of.

Some DB administrator jobs that I’ve seen require certain certifications (Oracle based) so as Jeffrey says, it depends on what job you mean.

Yeah, I assumed since he said web design he meant it. There’s plenty of web or IT related fields that could legitimately require certifications - although the efficacy of that is pretty questionable, IMO… but they might want them. But if you meant what you said, @Another_Designer, then yeah.

Off Topic:
How does anyone feel about vendor based certs? Oracle, Cisco, etc. Are those… worth anything in real life, to anyone who has them, or are they just a hiring tool? Similar to A+ and MS ones, I guess?

Yep, I was going to ask, “What certifications are there for web design/development?”

I think having a live portfolio would go a long ways towards helping someone new to the field out.

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Getting a Ph.D. is more challenging than an Associates degree. Same for certs.

I haven’t kept up on them, but having the upper-level certs from Oracle, Java, or Microsoft still probably leads to more opportunities and $$$.

But getting an A+ or WorkBench cert is still really a joke.

My advice…
1.) Determine what you like and what makes you happy
2.) See if that will pay the bills
3.) Determine how you can take what you like and tweak it to make it “in high demand”
4.) Build a portfolio
5.) In your free time maybe pursue more advanced certifications if your research shows they pay substantially more

People with real-work experience who have upper-level certs go far.

People with no practical knowledge and paper certs get laughed at and end up at GeekSquad… :wink:

Right… I think that’s the key, is proving they’re worth anything to you. I know a guy who’s pursuing several IT certs, and he’s planning on investing a lot of time and money in a bit of a scattershot of them, and I feel like he’s making a mistake… but /shrug not my life, I’m just a poor developer :wink:

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