And that's the nail in the coffin for me, on C|EH. While the knowledge gained, early on, was beneficial and C|EH IS recognized, it hasn't provided me with enough value to continue to maintain it, going forward. I had a great instructor the first time around, and chose to update it / recertify a while later, when he update course was offered to me as a 'beta', free of charge.
As many (myself included) see C|EH more as one of the entry-level, informational certifications (no practical examination to show real-world utilization of the information covered), I'll choose to invest my time and funds into other courses / areas of study (Offensive Security, for one, who promptly acknowledged the trend these cert bodies like EC-Council have been following for fees, shortly after EC-Council posted that news, and explained that OffSec WILL NOT follow that path).
I used to be one of EC-Council's testimonial people, but this move, IMHO, just doesn't bode well for their future existence. Examination and training fees are one thing, but if those have slowed due to lack of folks paying to update the certification and there's less excitement out in the industry to attain it, I don't think forcefully requiring 'maintenance fees' to maintain the certification is a wise choice. Additionally, when I 'first' achieved CEH (very early on in their program), the official stance was that the certification would NEVER lapse, and as such, when the Continued Education requirements were added to maintain it, I was already skeptical. Sure, 'knowledge-based' certifications do need refreshing now and then, as the infosec arena is always growing / changing. But growth should be based on choice, not forced. An employer could just as easily look at a certification VERSION, and make a determination as to whether a candidate or current employee has chosen to update / maintain their skill set, rather than the certification body force it upon them, even to maintain their EXISTING certification.
And, IMHO, C|EH isn't like CISSP, as far as industry recognition. I also disdain maintenance fees for that cert (CISSP), as well (which I don't currently hold), but due to it's much higher popularity in the industry, I'll 'likely' be 'willing' (I guess) to 'maintain' that one, at least, if / when I pursue it.
~ hayabusa ~
"All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer,
but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved."
- Sun Tzu, 'The Art of War'
OSCE, OSCP (Former - GPEN, C|EH - both expiring / expired)