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    Default Python Certification : Python Institute's PCAP or Microsoft MTA 98-381

    Hello

    I'm interested in taking a python certification exam. So upon searching, I found out that Microsoft is offering a basic certification in python 98-381 exam :-

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lear...am-98-381.aspx

    And then there's a python institute which has a 2 level exam (associate and pro) along the same lines as Oracle's java certification. Price is also much higher for one exam (245 $ vs microsoft's 127$).

    https://pythoninstitute.org/pcap-cer...ion-associate/

    However, I'm little skepticial about the credibility of the one from python institute. Hardly anyone is talking about this institute or their certs on the internet. They seem to have partnered up with CISCO and Pearson vue :-

    https://pythoninstitute.org/partners/


    Would appreciate if python certification enthusiasts and others can shed more light on this.
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    Probably neither..... Just learn Python save your code and provide to your interviewers when going for jobs.
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    Is there a specific reason why you want to get a programming certification? Almost all certifications can be argued for or against their value after you've earned them but programming certifications seem to be harder to find value in. If it's to learn the language there are better resources out there and I'm not sure how much besides basic syntax/structure that you'll come out knowing after going through something like the new MTA Python Certification. Having a certificate to say you're a certified programmer or certified in a programming language is a tough thing to say. Programming is like art over time you become better, you evolve, you learn new techniques, and it's just not really always a linear path.

    BUT. If you understand this and a certification is something that can help drive you or push you to learning a language then by all means spend your money how you see fit.
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    I'm the kind of person that occasionally studies and obtains a cert that I know has very little value on paper (LFCS, eJPT), but I go for it anyway because having a concrete goal to strive towards motivates me more.

    Except programming language goals.

    I came to post something along the lines of comparing getting a programming cert as a way of demonstrating your coding ability to getting a degree in art to demonstrate your artistic ability at painting beautiful pictures.
    Just paint beautiful pictures and let your art speak for itself.

    On the other hand, there is definitely some value in learning the fundamentals of how things work instead of just jumping in the hard way.

    The PCAP exam (has nobody at the Python institute ever used Wireshark?) looks brand new. It's offered through the Cisco Academy--that might be good or bad. It tests your programming abilities in the form of 64 multiple choice (and single) choice questions. Yuck. Good if you want to teach Python in high school or college maybe.
    As they say, "Those who can, do; those who can't . . . "

    I find myself strangely considering this curriculum even know I know better.



    I don't like the way Microsoft does business (or Oracle) on a personal level and have no further comments there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DatabaseHead View Post
    Probably neither..... Just learn Python save your code and provide to your interviewers when going for jobs.
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    I would just study the language and try to build as much as you can from what you learn. Keep record of your projects for proof to showcase your competency. I looked at getting certs before but I figured that I'd be wasting my time and money since I saw there wasn't a huge demand for them. The farthest I'd go is taking a course at school or online to learn the theories and network with other like minded folks.
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    Thanks for the replies guys. Yeah its probably not worth it.
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