The only qualifications that have any merit at all are those approved by the education department of the government and taught in officially recognised institutions. A degree by MIT is worthwhile. A certificate from Blodger & Sprogget inc is toilet paper. Similarly none of the non-accredited places that claim to offer degrees/certificates are any higher academically than the average toilet roll. Organisations such as Microsoft, Cisco and so on offer "qualifications" that are essentially toilet paper. I cannot fathom why anybody buys into that kind of nonsense. Today I found some organisation called the Professional Photographers of America was doing the same kind of thing. Quite often I see an organisation here in SC advertising courses. The telling fact is that one college locally advertises their courses with the subtitle on their adverts "credits awarded are unlikely to transfer to other institutions". In other words their courses are worthless. Education scams are so rife in America that I am very surprised the government hasn't closed the certificate awarding scams down. It's like a Bombay degree!