As you apply for a job, and you’re thinking about what to say or to signal about some future prospects of a position, you’ll need to know what is involved with your particular position.  One of the best places to begin to learn about a position is the Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS for short.  This site answers questions about pay, about certification, about education, the number of years required, and so forth.  It really is a great source and it is underused.  So if you want to know if any certification is required for a position and you think dropping that bit in a statement like “I am planning on getting my PRC or Professional Researcher Certification (PRC),” that at least signals to a manager that you’re making long-term plans.  

You need certification.  This, in fact, is why you take courses: that, and to learn the material, of course.

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Unfortunately, brand name counts. When employers decide whom to interview, graduating from Berkeley is usually a plus. Chico State isn’t. A fast way to get Berkeley onto your resume is to complete a Berkeley Extension certificate program. It’s not just fast, it may more validly certify your career competence than a Berkeley degree, which by the University’s own admission, emphasizes theory over practice. Berkeley Extension offers 75 career-practical one-to-two-year certificate programs, everything from accounting to web design, Cisco routers to college counseling, interior design to garden design, publishing to editing.

The above was posted on Friday, May 5, 2017

1.  Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches, PARW/CC.
2.  The National Resume Writer’s Association.  Lisa Rangel, her resume is impressive.

PHR, Professional in Human Resources.  Programs for Certifications.

CEIC, Certified Employment Interview Consultant.

CJSS, Certified Job Search Strategist.

MCS, Microblogging Career Strategist.

SNCS, Social Networking Career Strategist.

OPNS, Online Professional Networking Strategist

PDUs, Professional Development Units.  Oh, boy, that sounds too much like some bureaucratic punditry.  

PDUs are Professional Development Units, necessary for maintaining Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified credentials. They are a part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. One PDU is worth one hour of project management training, though there are some exceptions to this rule.

Who is PMI?  The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a US nonprofit professional organization for project management.[3]

What about CCR’s?  

Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program. Your career is a journey, and you’ll need to stay relevant as the profession evolves and as the needs of employers grow and change. Maintaining your PMI certification is a significant competitive advantage.

PMP, Project Management Professional Certification. This site provides certification for managers worldwide.

PMI Agile Certified Practioner.

If you work for any government agency, know that you’ll need to earn a government credential.  And though that government credential might serve you with the government, it does not carry much weight in the private sector.  In fact, the private sector will inevitably look down upon government certification as worthless.  So instead of a government license, take exams for professional certification and earn your worth based on your reputation not on a government license.  The unfortunate thing about professional certification for teachers is that there isn’t much.  You can arrive at a job with a Masters degree in English literature or a Ph.D. degree, but neither will enhance your earning power in tax-funded public schools.  You are at the whims of any district’s pay scale.  

For Copywriters, AWAI offers “AWAI Verified,” a series of tests that indicates that a copywriter has . . .

Studied AWAI’s world-class The Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting, which covers the fundamentals of persuasive direct-response copy.

Passed AWAI’s robust test and demonstrated an understanding of copywriting principles and best practices.


Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Besides the AWAI Verified program offered above, AWAI also offers badges, a second-best option to certification.  The AWAI Badges costs $2,000.