I have a few concerns about the SCWSD exam. When I was studying for the SCWCD 1.3 exam, it expired one week before I went to register for it. I subsequently spent a month studying for 1.4 material . Will this happen for the SCWSD exam anytime soon? I am especially concerned because many of the protocal specifications that are objectives for the current SCWSD exam are now obselete. For example, I would hate to spend all this time learning WSDL 1.1 and SOAP 1.1 (both are exam objectives on the current SCWSD exam) and then have to learn WSDL 2.0 and SOAP 1.2 (which have been out for a while).
Let's face it. A certification doesn't make you an "expert forever". You cannot simply take a test, get a piece of paper, frame it on the wall and assume you know it all.
In the landscape of changing standards, if you want to keep your job and earn good money, you've got to be on your toes learning new things all the time. For those of us in the field of IT, complacency makes no sense.
You should look at the certification as a learning experience rather than a proof of competency. In the process of getting certified, you will have learned a few new things and that is its worth. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).