Certification – the action or process of providing someone or something with an official document attesting to a status or level of achievement.
Accreditation – The action or process of officially recognizing someone of having a particular status of being qualified to preform a particular activity
Re-Certification – Is simply to renew one’s certification at a specify period of time
There are a vast number of different certification to choose from when you pursue to expand your knowledge in a certain area. Most if not all will be found in these major categories.
- Professional – which will include more than one category.
- Schooling ( which includes teaching )
A differentiator against the competition. When employers are interviewing, the competition is often stiff. If you have the certification, and the other person does not, you are at a definite advantage
Plugs you into two new communities: one that is earning the certification, and one that has the certification. For example, if you are going for your PMP certification, you will immediately have something in common with other hopefuls, and this can provide networking opportunities through classes, the web, and meetings. The same holds true when you have earned the certification; you are a member of the “club.” While these are benefits of PMP certification, the same would hold true of most certifications. Gives you confidence that you have “passed through the chairs.” When you have set your sights on Gives you tool to draw upon when needed. Having gone through all the study and hard work, you have mastered a new body of knowledge. Put it to use as soon as you can!
While it is said that “experience is the greatest teacher,” a certification “rounds you out.” Often, experience is strong in some areas, but not in others. Like education, experience rounds you out, giving exposure to ideas and approaches outside your comfort zone. In addition, being able to think outside your experience is an ingredient of leadership goal, put together a plan, work hard, and you reach it, you gain confidence, which spills over into all aspects of your life.
You can be a better mentor. The ability to mentor is based greatly on experience, but the best mentors can reach beyond their experience. They are able to extrapolate from their experience, and relate it to someone else’s entirely different experience.
Establishes you as a continuous learner. Employers are always looking for people who never want to stop learning. Learning is a value unto itself, and those around you will respect and admire you for it, and sometimes even be a little jealous!
Will enable you to make more money. Often, earning a certification, such as the PMP, can quickly lead to compensation increases of 20% and more.
Enables you to better evaluate the talents and skills of others. With the discipline to master the material for the certification, you are in a better position to evaluate the skills of others. You have had the opportunity to evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses in the process of earning the certification, and have a broader understanding of the skills and tool sets that can be effective. Gets your foot in the door in the new area. Many career changers turn to certifications to get themselves into a new area. For example, many technical people who want to advance will earned the PMP certification in order to move into a position of greater responsibility.
The purpose of accreditation is to create a set of standards for all institutions of higher education to be held to, while also encouraging schools to be the best they can be. Further, accreditation aims to ensure accountability of schools and degree programs in order to boost public trust and confidence.
Striving to be the best you can be: How to be a peak performer. Self-confidence instills an overall belief that our goals are not in vain, and makes it possible to even begin pursuing the aspiration in the first place. We can begin to cultivate confidence through small accomplishments and successes.
Goals are part of every aspect of life and provide a sense of direction, motivation, a clear focus, and clarifies importance. By setting goals for yourself, you are providing an avenue by which you can travel with clear directions to the destiny of your choose.
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