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I'm a UNIX shell script programmer, and I would like to know if there is any certification specific for Shell (bash, korn,etc) programmers.

Also how about CX-310-105 exam to take Oracle Solaris Associate; does it have value on the market?

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I think the first part of your question is valid, but the second part is primarily opinion-based. We won't be able to present factual argument for (or against) the value of these certifications on the market. –  rahmu Aug 6 '13 at 23:50

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A certificate might sound nice, but it's probably not worth your time.

Few employers will take a Shell Script certificate seriously. It would look bad on your CV, and would not help you land a position. Understand that some job candidates try to pad their resume with certifications, but that makes them look dishonest and inexperienced. Certifications are not a valid substitute for experience.

A Google search for "shell script certification" shows a few results, but none of the certificates look reputable.

Shell scripting is probably most commonly used by System Administration. There are a number of sysadmin certifications, and acquiring one of those might be better for you.

In my 13 years of experience, I've seen hundreds of resumes and interviewed dozens of people. I don't think anyone has mentioned "shell script certificate" on their resume (It would certainly stick out). While many people mentioned "shell scripting" on their CV/resume, more then half couldn't solve some basic shell scripting questions. If you are applying for a position which requires shell scripting, they'll ask you during the interview process. Make sure you can answer the questions well.

But granted, I'm in the San Francisco, USA area, and Unix is well used here. Things may be different in Brazil.

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Thanks Stefan. Here in Brazil some employers ask for "UNIX knowledge" no matter if it's system administration or programming. They assume they're almost the same (although I don't agree with this). –  jyz Sep 27 '10 at 12:08

Perhaps you reach a high reputation score in unix.stackexchange and you can put a link to that in your CV. ;)

Otherwise, I saw some time ago some Unix/Shell related multiple-choice test at Wikiversity. They were described as official Linux-foo-certification like tests. But I cannot find the link now.

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Ok thanks mate. –  jyz Sep 27 '10 at 13:11

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