The conversation about certification is a totally another topic, and I would leave it out of here. Certifications won't play a major or an important role in your career path.
Options are many, but mainly I would divide into management track and technology track. I have worked with CEO who was formerly a QA Engineer, attained his MBA and advanced to becoming a CEO. I have also worked with CTO, VP of Engineering, Director of Technology, etc. who have been QA in early part of their career. With 'Quality' in the title, Director of Quality Engineering/Assurance would be an example.
However, each of these will require good people and management skills and extremely good knowledge and understanding of the business and subject matter expertise. If you develop good programming skills and understanding of the technology, you are as good a candidate for high level technology position as anyone else.
If you want to read various opinions about certifications, this thread may help.