Why I don’t like most certificate programs, and what I recommend instead…

The popular certification programs cost between $5,000-$10,000 for 6–12 months. Some programs cost even more money and time.

To me, the primary downside of a certification program (besides the lack of 1–1 mentoring) is the reinforcement that you need a certification to feel like a professional.

Which would you rather have more of: external stamps of approval, or abundant internal confidence due to personal experiences?

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