Professional certificationProfessional certification or professional designation, often called simply certification or qualification, is a designation earned by a person to assure qualification to perform a job or task.
Professional certification is a process in which a person proves that he or she has the knowledge, experience, and skills to perform a specific job. The proof comes in the form of a certificate earned by passing an assessment or examination that is accredited by professional organization or association that monitors and upholds prescribed standards for the particular industry involved.
OverviewCertifications are earned from a professional body. In general, must be renewed periodically, or may be valid for a specific period of time (e.g. the lifetime of the product upon which the individual is certified). As part of a complete renewal of an individual's certification, it is common for the individual to show evidence of continued learning - often termed continuing education.
The growth of certification programs is also a reaction to the changing employment market. Certifications are portable, since they do not depend on one company's definition of a certain job. Certification provides an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual's professional knowledge and experience.
It is important to note that certifications are usually earned from a professional body, not the government.
A professional certifying organization meets the two requirements:
Deliver an assessment based on industry knowledge, independent from training courses or course providers
Grant a time-limited credential to anyone who meets the assessment standards.
What’s in it for you?Professional certification shows employers and clients that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained. It gives them confidence in your abilities. Certification makes you more valuable to employers and clients. You can expect to:
- Enjoy better employment and advancement, business opportunities
- Have a competitive advantage over candidates without certificates
- Earn higher wages
- Receive tax deduction for professional continuing education.