What should you do, if you see the great certificate in the CV of the software developer? Ignore it!
This may be controversial, but there is a lot of truth in this sentence.
I am a Certified Google Professional Cloud Architect. How did I do it?
I attended a 12 weeks training course. I worked hard in my free time, in the evenings.
I watched around 30h of videos + 30h of labs (do not know the cost).
I attended 2 days of training in preparation for the certificate (the company paid $1,000),
I learned hard.
I didn't want to be the only guy in the company that failed the exam,
so I asked colleges how they do it. They bought questions here for $40! (no, it is not a referral link). I just learned the question and passed the exam. For me, more than 50% of the questions were from this page.
Everybody can pass any exam doing the same. Some people may work hard, some not. But everybody is happy:
Google because the sold certificate for $200,
Your company, because they invested to get some knowledge
You because your CV has a new line.
As an interviewer, I do not care anymore about any certificate. I care about real knowledge, the thing that should be gained from all these games.