Saturday, December 7, 2013

Oracle Certifications -- What do *you* do with the certificate?

In a recent thread on the OTN Certification forum, a poster was asking about getting the paper copy of his certificate and whether he would get one of the little cards for completing his OCA. That thread, plus a couple recently on LinkedIn about people who have lost their paper certificate and wanted a new one got me thinking. What exactly do people do with the hard-copy of their certificates? Between my certifications from Oracle, CompTIA, Microsoft, and Novell -- I have a couple dozen paper certificates. All of them are sitting in a file cabinet and only see the light of day when I pull them out to put a new one in. I could not imagine taking them in to a job interview. I add the certifications to my resume and my Linked In profile so that employers know I have them. If any ask me to prove that I am certified, I would use Certview's ability to send credentials to a third party before I would use the certificate itself.

The thought of hanging the certificates on the wall or in my cubicle just calls to mind this old Dilbert strip. I am not embarrassed of having the certifications by any means, but displaying them feels like boasting -- and about the wrong things. There are several instances where one of my coding projects has saved my employer huge amounts of money. Those projects are something that show what I am capable of -- except that I did not get a certificate for them. :)

Even more puzzling to me than the certificates are the cards. I really do not see any use for them. Mine are in the same file cabinet folder as the certificates. The cards seem to be sized for carrying around in your wallet, but I cannot imagine doing so. Between credit cards, health insurance cards, auto insurance cards, and so forth -- I have enough stuff in there already. When exactly do you use one of these cards? I envision being present at the scene of a horrific database crash. Everyone is running around in circles screaming until I whip the card out and announce that everyone should keep calm because I am an Oracle Certified Professional. Or... not.

So the whole point of this post is that I am curious about you -- the person reading this article. If you have Oracle certifications -- what do you do with your paper certificates? Do you have any suggested uses for the cards? Comment away, please. Inquiring minds want to know.