Get IT Certified the eBay Way!

Have you missed out on the easiest, most cost-effective way to earn a technical certification?

I feel sorry for those suckers who spent hundreds or thousands of dollars and hours getting their Microsoft certifications. Heck, I even feel sorry for brain dumpers who still had to pay the money and take the test. You all have missed out on the easiest, most cost-effective way to earn a technical certification and jump-start your career.

I’m speaking, of course, of eBay.

For the low, low price of only $9.98, you can get yourself an “Attractive and Impressive Diploma” (I know this because it says so in the description) from the Southeastern Institute of Computer Technology.

Now, lest you think, wary reader, that this is some fly-by-night operation, I’ll have you know that the Southeastern Institute of Computer Technology is affiliated with “The Holy Trinity College and Seminary, licensed by the State of Florida, Department of Independent Colleges and Universities.” Those seminarians know a thing or two about IT. And the single test you have to pass is probably every bit as tough as was legendary 70-240, the four-hour Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam. After all, the Institute exam is multiple-choice, open book, untimed, and can be retaken as many times as needed until you hit the magical 90 percent mark, demonstrating to the world that you’re a crack Windows administrator!

These sorts of deals don’t come along every day, so you must act quickly if you want to get your IT career on the fast track! Like the auction copy says, “The complete program is regularly priced at $99.95, so do not miss this rare opportunity to become a Certified Windows 2000 System Administrator, at this low price!” Rare is right. At last count, there were only about 50 of these certifications being sold on eBay.

If Microsoft isn’t your bag, don’t fret: Your expertise can be similarly demonstrated in (insert Sally Struthers voice here) Linux, Unix, HTML programming, Java programming, PC technician, Web master, and many others!

  • If you still need more convincing to jump on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, check out just three of the 10 reasons the Institute says you need certification:
  • Employers, friends and colleagues will respect your certification status.
  • Our diploma will look great on your wall.
  • With our courses you STAND OUT and receive immediate notice in the huge arena of people with computer skills. This notice will serve you well.

Shockingly, stunningly, amazingly, the Southeastern Institute of Computer Technology didn’t respond to MCP Magazine’s request for comment on this incredible offer. They were obviously too busy cranking out more Attractive and Impressive Diplomas.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Sun, Mar 4, 2007 Furqan Pakistan

i have a great knowledge about computer but i think that if ebay send me the certificate of computer course it will effects in my professional life matters

Wed, Aug 3, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

I was wondering if I could get another copy of my Computer Certificate. My name is Artez Jackson.

Thu, Jul 31, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

So you are telling that half of the MCSE's are not Paper MCSE's anyway? You have got be kidding. I have my MCSE, CISSP, and I would take the test and display the diploma to get a job. Besides once you get in the job, certification or not, you won't have the job, if you can't do the job. You'll get fired. Something I notice real often is that people who are not confident in themselves tend to criticize others.

Tue, Jul 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I just got my CCIE off E-Bay, and landed a huge $120,000.00 job as a Internetwork Engineer! Whew hew! I poop you nawt! You guys need to jump on this bandwagon before all the other 100K $ + jobs are taken by the likes of meeeeeeee! ;P

Sat, Jul 12, 2003 Greg Stamper NE Ohio

What a joke!

These guys claim their prices are so low ($6.00!!??) because of volume. I've run several training centers, and been involved in IT hiring for quite a while, and I've never heard of them. For $6.00, I'll print my own silly piece of paper.

There is one comment I have to make based on repeated posts on this site: Who with any actual knowledge of the program said the MCSE is for breaking into IT? IT ISN'T!

The MCSE is meant to put the polish on an otherwise experienced and competent admin and take them "to the next level".

If you want to break into IT, try some CompTIA certs, and maybe, just maybe, an MCP.

For those of you who sneer at certs, I have more letters after my name than in my name, and they have opened tremendous opportunities for me-but they were the icing on the cake of years of experience and considerable varied abilities.

Poor Mr. Cramer's resume really does suck, by the way. For someone claiming excellent communiction skills, he could certainly benefit by demonstrating some when it counts.

Thu, Jul 10, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I agree with bluewren completely. I've worked hard to obtain my certifications and this silly scenario just takes away the integrity of the certs. These joker cert 'professionals' at ebay, what will they say when (or if ) they land interview?

Wed, Jul 9, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

First of all anyone can get anything! If you study at it long enough you will learn something and pass any exam. This goes for certifications diplomas, degrees, etc.. Secondly just because you have a piece of paper simply gets you noticed or ahead a bit. If everyone has the same piece of paper and you don't guess what? You are the one left out in the cold. Thirdly that same piece of paper does not GUARANTEE ANY job! You still have to know what you are doing and know what you are talking about. With that in mind by studying for the MCP exams, CompTIA, etc., you are "LEARNING" new things. How you apply that knowledge is strictly up to YOU!

Tue, Jul 8, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I think all of you are a little sick in the head. Not that I think these people have anything good going, but what kind of a idiot would criticize them and then say "What does Microsoft have to say about this?" Get your head out of Microsoft's ass!!! Just because you spent a fortune getting certified the Microsoft way doesn't make you an expert either.

Wed, Jul 2, 2003 wolf359 Ohio

Hey Keith ... I feel sorry for them too! All those suckers that have pursued any training from Microsoft. All I have is a lousy MCP from MS and you think I can't do the same things as you the vaunted MCSE? While you were a journalist I was building computer systems and networks and doing database programming. LOL Mr. Johnny come lately to the I.T. industry complains about a diploma mill.

Wed, Jul 2, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

There's opportunistis everywhere. If they move enough certs someone will come along and create a glossy magazine full of ads that can be mailed out to their membership. The hype never ends.

Mon, Jun 30, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I am not going for MS after this. I will go for Linux, Security for CompTIA. Atleast it is vendor-neuteral and my test voucher bundle from will save me from naftery exam fees AND I never have to upgrade. MS sucks

Mon, Jun 30, 2003 CompuMama St. Louie

This is definately a PT Barnum minute! As long as HR "professionals" put certification above experience and references, enterprising individuals are going to make money from losers who are willing to take a shortcut, and businesses who hire these "certified" IT staff end up training or firing them.
BTW, my husband is a college profession - you wouldn't believe the fake degrees he sees on resumes for college teachers and even administrators!

Sun, Jun 29, 2003 MJ TX

sounds like Snakenutz got his cert from e-bay. Let's do something constructive and figure out what we can do as a group to turn this industry around. Let's face it, to the world we look like a bunch of whinners and complainers, over paid, under qualified and self centered. Let's do something to change that and turn this industry around a play it right back at the CEOs. What ya'll say

Fri, Jun 27, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Too bad Lol from UK didn't bother to actually read the resume of, else he would have seen the other "valid" certifications an fairly good experience. The only loser is my mind is LOL from UK.

Fri, Jun 27, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Thank you Stuart. Amen.

Fri, Jun 27, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

anybody interested in some used MCSA study books.

Fri, Jun 27, 2003 Frame Analysis Raleigh, NC

Get a grip everyone! We all know MS certs are pretty much worthless on their own merit as it is. Every Tom, Dick and Harry has gone from hairstylst to "IT Pro" in a matter of months diluting all of our hard work and experience. Any friggin monkey can study for 6 months and get their MCSE or MCSA. I for one am tired of wasting 1000's of dollars every 2-3 years to upgrade to MS's recent OS scheme to extort money from the public and IT professionals. As for me, I'm concentrating on Linux, UNIX, Cisco and security in it various forms. To hell with MS! Power to the FSF & GNU!!

Fri, Jun 27, 2003 Stuart Chicago

Interesting, when you search for "The Holy Trinity College and Seminary", no such organization comes up. I think that they are abusing the name of practicing Chrsitians everywhere.

Fri, Jun 27, 2003 Andrew london

why didn't i think of that before?! what a tit! at the same time i can sell all my old self-study books on e-bay too! yeeha!

Fri, Jun 27, 2003 Lol UK

I just did a quick Google search.....Its amazing how many Losers have actually listed one of these as a valid Cert on their online Resume.
Take a look at

Fri, Jun 27, 2003 a nony mouse darkest africa

Not to bothered really, the real certification means jack here in africa anyway!!!

Thu, Jun 26, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Bash the seminary too, you know they're getting some kind of kick back for the affiliation.

Thu, Jun 26, 2003 Anonymous California

Now this makes HTML certification TWICE as useless!

Thu, Jun 26, 2003 bluewren texas

And in the meantime they hurt the rest of us who have worked very hard to pass the tests and get the certificates! The whole thing offends me, and I hope someone goes to jail over it...

Thu, Jun 26, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

It probably isn't necessary to bash the seminary, since they're only an affiliation. The Southeastern Institute of Computer Technology is the culprit. Amazing how quickly we jump to criticize. Nonetheless, the whole thing is a joke, and cheapens the worth of certification programs such as HP, Oracle, Microsoft, etc. If they were to get hired in a mission-critical position for some monster org like Citibank, they'd find their Ebay credentials to be a tad thin, for sure...

Thu, Jun 26, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Looks like the Win2k cert has been pulled -- all I can find are linux certs....

Thu, Jun 26, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

LMAO!! What a freaking joke! My god these people needs to be shot. What does Microsoft have to say about this or other vendors for that matter?

Thu, Jun 26, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I ar sirtifyd by them, and I tu am Makeing a hi paying karear as a komputir xpert!!!!

Thu, Jun 26, 2003 jim Orlando, Florida

Give me a street address and I'll sic some local devil worshippers on 'em. They get real incensed when someone from the other side pulls a devil's caper.

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