A lot of progress has been made over the last few years to gain the necessary professional respect for the new breed of certified IT experts. Many certification vendors are working hard to raise the bar. CompTIA, best known for its vendor-independent, entry-level certifications, is reminding candidates that they, too, carry responsibility for the recognition of the very certificate that they are pursuing by sitting down for a CompTIA test. Each exam candidate has to agree to a confidentiality agreement before taking any exam:
Other companies and organizations have taken a similar approach. Microsoft, the largest issuer of certification certificates in the IT industry today, is starting to exact harsher penalties for anyone who divulges exam details.
Similarly, the Certified Network Professional (CNP) certification conferred by the Network Professional Association (NPA) is closely guarded by a professional Code of Ethics. Its candidate agreement expressly states the NPA's "right to revoke any Certificate which has been awarded by it in the event that the recipient violates the Codes, or engages in conduct which is a discredit or disgrace to the network computing profession"(http://www.npa.org).