Far too many people think they can get into security without a firm understanding of what they are securing. So the question is do you know your basic Windows and Linux, how to configure a basic wireless router, can understand a basic script? At a meeting the other day it was brought up how so many auditor are rather worthless because they don't understand what they are auditing and it becomes less of an audit and more of. a rubber stamp.
To me a strong foundation is worth more than any certification.
Just my .02