If you want to work in the computer/IT world you have to have some papers!
I may not seem very serious most of the time, cause I ain't, but here is one subject I have lots of experience with! I have never gotten a piece of paper for learning anything, I goofed my way out of college without a degree, started and stopped at several tech schools and some home study thingies. And by not having that piece of paper my life has been more difficult than anyone would want!
Jump through some hoops, it only hurts for awhile. Get those CERTS and you will have fresher breath and a JOB. This is no BS from Fatal, this is something you can take to the bank!