See this is whats wrong with letsrun. So you guys advice is to not get certifications? How does it help a young coach to imply that certifications don't matter? They can volunteer coach and get certifications at the same time. And the knowledge does not=understanding argument is just not smart. If thats the case, why go to any form of school at all?
No, I am not saying don't 'get certified'. What I AM saying, is that practical experience is most often a better 'certification' than a weekend of taking notes. Sure, that plays into the 'experience', but an increasing phenomenon is overly certified coaches that live on their note-taking, and have diminished ability to think critically for themselves.
As for going to school, what is the context? A week/weekend... or years? Big difference.