Cheating Part 4: Cheating Hurts Legitimate Certification Holders
By Harold Green on Nov 25, 2008
Most IT Professionals who become certified follow the intended process (study, train, practice, test) and in doing so – increase the breadth of their knowledge and their skills. When someone cuts corners and cheats to get certified (i.e. using dump sites, seeking answers in online forums, etc.) they undermine the process and almost always under-perform. Sadly, in the mind of their employer – the employee’s poor performance sometimes gets erroneously blamed on what the employer perceives to be to a useless certification.
This unfortunate misperception not only negatively affects the employer and cheater, it can also deflate the value for those who have legitimately put in the effort to earn the credential (which they will attest was not an easy task). Over time, this can even begin to erode the value of a credential, lead to the devaluation of a specific certification, and even certification in general.
Do you know someone who cheated to get a certification that you legitimately earned? How did that make you feel as a true certification holder? Was there anything you might have inadvertently done that helped facilitate their cheating?
Director, Oracle Certification
- On The Web: Cheating Part 1: Who Benefits from Cheating?
- On The Web: Cheating Part 2: Cheating Hurts The Cheater
- On The Web: Cheating Part 3: Cheating Hurts Present and Future Employers
- On The Web: Oracle Fraudulent Activity Policy
- On The Web: Oracle Certification Candidate Agreement
- Email: Oracle Certification Program Fraud Email Alias
[UPDATE January 8, 2009: survey period ended, URL removed]