Certification: examining the CISA and CISM certifications

Thursday, 2 February 2006, 1:15 PM EST

The world of certification is no different from that of any other commodity. When a particular certification becomes “popular”, it is usually because the demand for it in the market is high, and thus a person holding it can earn more money. Others who don’t hold that certification witness this and decide that they should now get it. They study, take the exam(s) and earn the certification, thereby adding to the number of those qualified for job openings.

While the demand for the certification stays the same in the market, the supply of those holding it grows. Basic economics dictates that when the supply increases, the only way to stay at equilibrium is for the value of each person holding the certification to decrease. As more people get certified, this devaluing continues until the return on investment (ROI) that the certification offers isn’t worth the cost of acquiring it.

By Emmett Dulaney at Unix Review

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