Sorry, haven’t been on for a while….
I have mixed feelings on certification
As an MCT, I am supposed to be certified in every course I deliver (hence the mile-long line of certs) However, there are some areas I am more than happy doing, but don’t have the official certification in it (and times I have not got work because I don’t have something ridiculously low level like an ECDL)
If you’re not needing the certs to jump through some sort of paper hoop, I would say that practical experience outweighs certifications, especially when some certifications are of doubtful provenance (I knew someone who managed to get a full MCSE – 7 exams – in 7 days…. allegedly he worked really hard, but I suspect some dodgy activities were involved)