I know that I'm not the first one to rant about this and certainly won't be the last. What gets my back up though is when seemingly endless people around me take it for granted that "dumps" are a perfectly normal and acceptable form of gaining certification. A little background here: I'm working in Saudi Arabia as a transmission engineer on the optical backbone of a carrier. Almost all of the staff in my department and a good portion of the staff in the data NOC are from Asia - without naming a particular country.
For these people it is critical to get ahead and as quickly as possible. I can understand that and relate to it. Whenever they speak about certification though, they are almost always interested in getting the "latest dumps" from each other. I find it infuriating - it took me 14 months of study between shifts and family obligations to attain my CCNA and upon getting it really felt like I had achieved something. In countries like Saudi though (as in many countries nowadays), the companies are looking to employ cheap labour and their main prioriity is that the staff are qualified. When speaking to some of these guys though (or looking at the trouble tickets that they work upon) I am dismayed at the lack of knowledge. I have spoken to CCNPs in the data department who either couldn't help me with subnetting or didn't even know about the Hyperterminal settings for accessing a router. When querying them about this I get answers like, "oh well the CCNA was so long ago, I have forgotten that knowledge and anyway don't need it anymore". (?!)
I have seen in the past couple of years that more and more of these "cheap" staff are being employed - not just by our carrier but throughout the corporate sector too. We are struggling to deal with people who are really quite clueless. I honestly believe that in a few years it will become a snowball effect - either people achieve certification faster than their counterparts or they won't get employment. This will lead to a huge number of people cheating, just so that they can get along.
Sorry, I am really frustrated and am trying to be diplomatic about what I write. Have any of you also had similar experience in your surrounding environment?