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Thinking of Developing a Certification Program? The Top 5 Things You Need to Do

February 18, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

Christine Niero, Ph.D. Over the past few decades thousands of certification programs have proliferated, several in industries that didn’t even... View Article

Sorting Through Credentialing Confusion: Understanding the Differences Between Certificate and Certification Programs

February 11, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

It’s confusing enough that we live in a credentialing society where the use of acronyms proliferate.  Adding to the confusion is the misuse of key credentialing terminology, in particular, when “certification” is used interchangeably with, and as the outcome of, “certificate” and training programs.  If you are thinking about developing a credentialing program, understanding the differences between “certification” and “certificate” programs will help you determine the best type of program for your profession.

Credentialing Examinations

February 4, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

The lifeblood of every credentialing body is its credential examinations.  Although sometimes in addition to experience and education, credentialing exams... View Article

Intellectual Property

January 28, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

The most valuable assets of most certification organizations are intangible. The certification examination, and the credential itself, are the foundation... View Article

Fostering a Culture of Excellence Through Certification

January 21, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

If built and executed correctly, a credible certification can help brand an organization as the standard of “excellence” for a profession or an industry. For example, the “seal of approval” synonymous with credible certifications can help pave the way for associations to proactively position themselves if regulation is proposed—through certification, a model for setting, measuring and enforcing standards already exists.  The stringent ethical requirements required of credible certification programs help support a “culture of excellence,” as the codes of ethics certificants must uphold are frequently more robust than the requirements of membership or regulation.

Certification: A Value Proposition

January 14, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

Today certification has become a buzzword in our society extending far beyond the familiar MD and CPA we instantly recognize as consumers.  Over the last few decades, we have seen a proliferation of certifications develop across industries and professions ranging from IT security to automotive services.  Many non-profits have led the way in developing voluntary certifications to promote industry standards, create avenues for career advancement for members and to demarcate those professionals who have gone the extra mile to distinguish themselves.  In fact, non-profits occupy a special niche in the world of voluntary certification and in so doing have created a unique value proposition for their stakeholders—beginning as advocates of standards.  After all, who better to set industry or professional standards than the members themselves?

The Value of the Credential

January 7, 2015  | By  | Leave a comment

Very few people desire credentials that have little or no value. Each credentialing organization faces unique challenges when defining the... View Article