I hope this question is direct enough for the stackexchange format, my apologies if it is not, please feel free to downvote to close.
I'm interested in pursuing a CREST certification, however it looks to be a a chicken and egg problem - without certification it seems unlikely i'll be able to land professional experience, without professional experience it's unlikely i'll be able to be certified.
Is it possible to gain industry experience without certification, and the corollary to this - is it possible to become CREST certified without industry experience?
To be more direct, is having industry experience the most direct pathway to CREST certification?
( 5 months ago )
You can pass the CREST exam on skill and knowledge alone. It is however very unlikely that someone without practical experience will be able to do so in the limited time allocated for the exam.