Dan Moore asked What use is certification?.
They are not implicitly bad, however I am not a huge fan of them as they exist right now.
- The programmer exam tests your memory skills (reminds me of some of the standard exams back home in England ;)
- The architects exam is better, in that it is more portfolio based. You build a real enterprise application, and gain experience doing so. The only problem with it is that you have to do the UML, and follow the blueprints ;)
- I have never used the fact that I am certified, and noone has ever cared
A few people have told me that they want to get certified as a way to push them up the stack, and to help against outsourcing. For these people, you have to realise that there are a lot of developers in India, eastern europe, asia that are certified, and going to be certified.
To fight that war you need to think about what skills are needed for work RIGHT HERE. Maybe learn some high risk / high reward skills. Again, if you really want the certification… knock yourself out…. but in my experience the currency is less that 1 rupee.