Dropping RCDD - Conference Cost And No Attendance Credits Cited

Thinking about getting an RCDD? You may want to rethink it.

One security professional published a blog post describing why he is letting his lapse, pointing out that the cost simply cannot be justified for security work:

"Way back in 2006 when I took the exam, I was working with bid specifications that required the credential. It was a good decision to get it. I got a job that I wouldn't have been considered for because I had it. The first reason I decided not to renew my credential came down to career relevance. I'm simply not involved in the Structured Cabling Industry anymore."

He goes on to mention justifying the cost of the mandatory conference, and the lack of education focus in attending is a problem:

"On more than one occasion, I never went to one educational session at the conference, but still was awarded 15 hours of credit. One conference, I flew in and out on the same day just to check in. This isn't serving a purpose to me other than forcing attendance."

Considering all costs, he figures "it's a minimum of $2000 every three years to keep it active, and that doesn't consider the time and effort to get CECs."

I thought the post was insightful to read, but not surprising. Almost every RCDD in security comments about how little it addresses for their current jobs.

What do you think?

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