I’ve had a handful of funny experiences lately with people trying to ask me difficult questions so that I can prove that my CCNP was actually deserved.
Frankly, I don’t get it: where does that come from? I mean, it’s not like I put CCNP on my CV to show off, and even if I was showing off, isn’t your CV the right place where you can say what you’ve achieved?
So, yes – I’m proud of my CCNP, and no – it doesn’t make me an expert. I don’t think any certificate makes anyone an expert because it’s just a piece of paper. But boy is getting that piece of paper fun! To me, these exams are like checkpoints where you can measure how much time and effort it took to get to a certain level. I don’t print my certs and put them up on my wall, i don’t put them in my email footers, but why shouldn’t I put this stuff on my CV?
I will put my CCIE up on every wall in my apartment when I pass it, though. Just kidding. I won’t.
I might will.
I think I will.