I sat the first of my Dynamics 365 Certification exams this week (MB2-715 …….Which I passed 🙂 ) and after I checked my transcript, realized that I have been sitting these since CRM 4 back in around 2008.
It occurred to me that, actually I have found less and less focus on certifications over the years, and wondered if they are still relevant?
In that past, organisations often expressed a requirement for their consultants to have the certifications. In fact it is still the case that Microsoft partners, CSP’s etc need a quota of certified people working for them. But as a consultant, are they still relevant?
Actually……yes, I think they are.
For a start, it still does give you that stamp of authenticity, that you know what you’re talking about. Now I know some would argue that it’s easy to just memorize answers or use cheat sheets, but lets be fair….. it’s in no ones interest to just solely rely on memory. You’ll soon come unstuck.
Secondly – and this is something that I found in preparing for the 715 cert – Its a great way to highlight your own gaps in knowledge. I was surprised, even after all these years, how much I needed just to brush up, especially with the move from on-prem to cloud deployments, and the licensing and app considerations.
So, in my personal opinion, certs are still valid and relevant in today’s technical world. With that in mind…… MB2-716 is next for me!