I do not know anything about the certification program but the only advice I can give works for any field. Education and certifications will never hold you back. The more knowledge you have the more valuable of an asset you will be to any organization. However, all theory and no application makes you full of hot air. I don't know your age or financial situation but if you are serious about it then submerge yourself into all aspects (internships, little if any money but lots of pratical application) if you are truly passionate about it. Experience has been known to outshine education on occasion. You will get out of it what you put in it. Hopefully someone else will chime in to give you better (less general) advice but good luck.