I’m not sure. In the majority of European Countries, I face the request of certifications right before being selected for the first interview. Certifications, if well done, are proofs for companies that you reached a decent knowledge standard in a specific field. Of course a nice git would help but that’s far more fakeable than a course forcing you to the completion.
That’s why a lot of code online schools has it. It’s weird to think that you offer those for Intensives, which are usually less instructive than a full path.
Especially for PROs you definitely should consider it. In my case, I’m not sure if it’s worthy to keep studying here with all those alternatives out there.
For codecademy, especially the free content, all the answers exist on the internet, so that is easier to fake then setting up your own projects. The actual commits show working pace, and you can search the internet for copy pasting.
a certificate is nice, but you need to be able to proof it actually has meaning
that is up to you of course.
I am just helping out on the forum, when it comes to certificates for content, i recommend contacting the community manager or something. I only have elevated forum privileges, that is it. I have no say in decisions involving certificates, and i would like to keep it that way.
Ok I’m talking about a smart way to do it, considering that there is always a way to cheat, especially in real classes. I think the people at Codecademy can easily accomplish a hard-to-hack system like:
Having a high minimum percentage to pass, like 80%.
Create tricky and practical questions.
In case of failure, prevent users to re-take it before a minimum period of time, like 1 month (see Linkedin).
In case of repeat, always change questions.
Block users, who are detected on hacking.
And so on. You can really invent anything and make it very very hard. That’s actually the meaning of certifications: everybody should be able to follow courses but only who masters a matter should get certified. Of course, you could have multiple computers, people, etc. But who would do that? A very small percentage of people, I can tell, if any.
The large majority of people who pay for learning are usually very committed to it. I wouldn’t cheat to pass a hard exam, I would just be more excited about a greater challenge because the end reward would pay me back.
Please let me know how and whom I can submit this quest, in a serious way.