I mean, it's cool that I'm in the small crowd CSPs but that's not really a point of pride for me. Personally, I disagree with the point that certs don't prove skills because spending the money (even if it's not yours) means you have a commitment to your craft (and yes I'm being idealistic).
The cert also means the trainer got at least one or two nugget in that the individual wouldn't have gotten from just doing the job in the wild without the class.
Our cert system is broken and threatens the value of our industry the larger we get, but having a cert in and of itself brings value to individuals with some certain stipulations. Just like going to a conference doesn't mean you actually learned anything, but I can assume attendance means some interaction with the community happened. Which by the way happens at cert classes.
Another thing to consider is the numbers probably double if you consider Scrum.org.