So, there has been a lot of confusion over this. I would restrict my opinion on the software testing certifications.
Here are my five+five cents on the topic:
Certifications are Good:
1. Certifications are good if you are looking for entry into an organization that values them so much so that these organizations even mention the certification requirement in the job profile. A good testing team of its worth would NEVER mention that in the job profile. (if they have a say...)
2. Certifications are good if while preparing for them, you reach out to the good information sources, read and understand them rather than the only prescribed study material.
3. Certifications are good if you are from the certification board (because this will fetch you a lot of moolah)
4. Certifications are good if you are like me. You treat certification date as a deadline and try to gain as much knowledge in the subject as possible before that date. Helps... (yeah yeah... I know internal motivation)
Does it sound a little related to agile philosophy?
5. Certifications are good if you are an interviewer and the guy with certification is at the other end of the table. Ask some basic practical testing scenario question and if the so-called testing expert does not have a clue about it even though he just gave you a perfect definition of it, you know what you have to do with that candidate. Thanks certification for helping screen candidates.
Certifications are BAD:
1.Certifications are bad if they force you to just mug up some definitions and do not have practical life questions.
2.Certifications are bad if you think you will learn testing (or worse, will become an expert) by passing the certification.
3. Certifications are bad because many employers are asking for that and some person who is good at testing does not get that job because he did not have enough money to pay for the certification fees. :(
4. Certifications are bad because they make you feel great for a while, and then later when you get to know the reality, it's hard!!!
5. Certifications are bad because you can get around them. How big can the examiner's question database be???
We all know how many theoretical questions can you make???
:o) :o) :o)