First off I'd like to point out that I, in no way shape or form, support shady practices of _any_ consulting firm or training center that sells "certifications" without "education". In other words I do not support testing houses that are just teaching to pass a test and issuing out certificates to students that want / need these certificates in order to gain employment, advance their careers or whatever it is they do with these things, and not actually providing an education.
I am for and do support continuous learning, teaching, mentoring and advancing our community in any positive way that I can.
That being said on to business: what is the difference between the two certificates you find below? Now I am not just talking about the obvious differences; that one is from the ISTQB and the other from the CDT folks. I am also aware of the syllabus differences, not talking about those either. I am more interested in what is the underlying principle behind both of these certificates? In other words the why.
First we have the ISTQB Foundations Series Certificate of Completion
Second we have the Rapid Software Testing class (from the CDT folks) Certificate of Completion
My gut tells me that these are just two pieces of paper that probably mean something just to the bearer. But, they can also probably be used by the bearer to gain access to special clubs (probably some of them even have secret hand shakes). Or to flash at an interview in order to impress your employer and gain "favorites" when it comes down to choosing the "right candidate". Heck you can even add this to your resume / CV in bold letters so that, before the interview, you can let prospective employers / interviewers know which "special club" you belong to. These are but a few of what I think are valid uses for both of these certificates; as any other certificate.
But isn't the difference in underlying principle between both of these courses that there is no difference? Are both courses not teaching (or supposed to be teaching) skills, terminology, etc that will not only improve the knowledge of testers but also benefit their employers and customers? Are both courses not giving you access to a network of other like minded individuals that also share a common love for testing and our profession?
Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.