So here I am hoping to jump-start a dead career by re-certifying, and now you're mentioning that the opportunity for re-certifying is, in itself, partly mitigated by having a career that doesn't need jump-starting? Uh oh ...
PennyLane invented sweet. She has the patent on it. I tried to act sweet one time and she sued me.
I actually exchanged e-mails with the head of admissions at Duke on this topic. My one school sample says.... meet their LOR requirements or risk the consequences And, final_id, I am also twenty years out. Your prof LORs matter for the same reason your GPA matters. It helps answer the question as to your academic success record as an undergrad. It allows for a semi-level playing field with all the traditional applicants.
I've had a habitual problem throughout my life of not being able to "connect" with anyone who is below a certain level of intelligence (see work experience, above!). So I'm kind of entrapped in enforced intellectual snobbery. I don't MEAN to be like that but it just comes out that way.