All you are saying is that the obstacle is people. Well, in fact, people are also the answer. When a cert is not the thing you want, then you had better have a good network of people who know you and your skill. Word of mouth is better than any cert. The cert is the front door. Just like a college degree. If you are that good, somebody knows it. The more people that know it, the better your street cred. Mr. Gates himself had enough street cred that he didn't have a cert or degree to get where he is.
Sometimes you have to make a trail rather than follow the road well travelled.
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