Certifications are another type of credentialing commonly preferred by employers and employees alike. For employers, certifications provide evidence of your continued learning, demonstrate a level of experience, knowledge or skills and are validated by third-party entities that have a solid understanding of the occupational field. Certifications are primarily earned from an educational institution or professional society. Certifications are valuable for you since they validate that you are knowledgeable and committed, and that you maintain current skills, knowledge or abilities. Certifications must be renewed periodically and associated educational components are often tied to the issuance or renewal process.
For military spouses, certifications have the additional benefit of having a common national definition and are not state or government regulated as is the case with licenses. Technically, certification and licensure differ only in terms of legal status, but there may be very similar or even the same assessment processes for licensure. In some cases, the certification assessment process can be more comprehensive than that of licensure.
If you are considering a certification or need to re-certify, use the Certification Finder to search for certifications by keyword, industry or occupation.
To learn more about certifications, call 800-342-9647 to speak with a career coach.