A Quick Guide on How Professional Certification Adds Value to your Career


A Quick Guide on How Professional Certification Adds Value to your Career

In a corporate setting, during a coffee break, it happens quite often that the discussion leads to the topic of professional certification vs work experience. On one side of the debate, there are people who strongly believe that a certification adds value to the career and enhances knowledge incomparably. Then there are people who are convinced that nothing matters more than experience on the job. Nobody ever wins the debate and the discussion dies with the end of the break.Many young professionals need guidance to make such a decision to pursue the certification course or to take a job at a lower level and learn through experience over the years. Any technology or process can be learned via mentorship and activities on-the-job. However, there are certain career paths that are defined by professional certification in a much clearer way. For example, Project Management Program is a professional certification program and it has an unparalleled value in the corporate world. Certification course provides specialization and professional focus, unlike a typical training course.Let’s look at an example to understand the emphasis of professional certification. When you are sick, would you rather go to a neighborhood pharmacist who has been advising and selling medicines to people for common cold and headache or would you visit an MBBS doctor who has studied medicine and diseases? Who would you prefer to diagnose your problem?Similarly, when a company gets a huge project of value and wishes to deliver the best product in time and budget to its clients, it looks for a specialist to work on the project. Hiring a project manager who has the credential of a PMP certification definitely, weighs more than hiring a non-certified professional.Few of the key differentiators that define Professional Certification Program in comparison to Non-Certified Training are as follows:

  • Assessment of KSAs: A professional certification program will require a test of your knowledge, skills, and abilities to ensure that you have the minimum KSAs required to be able to understand the program. While this may be done in non-certification programs too, it is not mandatory.
  • The addition of Credential: Post successful certification, the participant is given a particular credential such as Microsoft Certified Professional or PMP Certified. This kind of credential adds value to the resume and is definitely considered before non-certified resumes are contacted. This increases your chances of landing a dream job.
  • Course Content: The scope of course content developed for a certification course is much wider and detailed as it is created in lines with the certification exam syllabus. However, a typical non-certification program is tailored to cover certain aspects of a process or technology.
The course content is prepared based on the results of the analysis performed on the KSAs of the participants before the course and the desired KSAs along with the gap identified. Research shows that Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) provide more consistent work information when the course is being developed for a certification course. Whether a course is being designed for certification program or not, its effectiveness depends on the KSAs of the participants and the gap identified to reach the desired KSAs.

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