I have the ISTQB Foundation and the BCS Intermediate certifications, I had to go through them as part of being placed into a test manager role during an IT reorganisation.
Do I refer to them, use the reference material or open the books…nope not really. Sure some of the bits and bobs are kinda fun…boundary value analysis or state diagrams, but really a whole certification for just those little pieces?
In my opinion certifications are not worth it. Although I have been tester, test manager and currently test lead…I still have an enormous amount to learn, testing is an ever increasing field of knowledge. To say that Mr X is a great tester because he has ISTQB or another cert is madness. Sure looks pretty on your CV, but bears absolutely no relation to how good you are as a tester.
Sadly, it appears that in many hiring companies it’s requested as a needed skill (really a skill??). Where I am now it forms part of the progression plan for a Junior Test Analyst to Test Analyst, just seems I cant escape it all sigh