At birth, every individual receives a birth certificate validating the beginning of their life and at the end of it that person, actually a surviving family member, will receive a death certificate that officially validates that the person is deceased. Those two certificates are the only ones a person receives automatically.
All other certificates that an individual receives throughout their lifetime must be earned and require some effort to attain. The purpose of a certificate is that it provides proof that the recipient has acquired special knowledge and expertise in a concentrated area of study. To do so, rigorous academic standards must be met and usually a qualifying exam is required as part of the certification process. Only after passing that exam will a certificate be awarded indicating that the recipient has successfully mastered the skills required to enter a job and perform it successfully.
No matter what occupational field you choose, chances are in addition to first earning a high school or college diploma there’s also a certification requirement for it depending on the level you are at educationally and professionally. Today according to the Certification and Accreditation Directory certification programs have grown enormously with nearly 1600 certifications required to either enter an occupation or keep it. Workers are expected to stay current throughout their career by acquiring knowledge through continuing education courses needed to become re-certified.
Today’s global and technologically advanced society requires ways of recognizing competence in professionals and providers of services. Occupations ranging from doctors, lawyers, engineers, and architects to pet trainers and cake decorators all require different types of certifications to either enter the profession or perhaps to supplement existing credentials in order to stay employed in an existing occupation. Careers in fields such as automotive, manufacturing, fitness, medical and health support, human resources, teaching, child care, welding, real estate, information technology, financial planning, and safety are examples of occupations where workers are expected to become and remain certified.
When researching careers or talking to others who may be employed in an occupation that you are considering be sure to learn what certifications are required of that occupation. Find out if earning a certification will help you gain employment, help you advance, make more money, or be more marketable. Listen carefully and consider that information as you make your educational and career decisions.
As always, care enough about yourself to commit the time and energy to research and learn about certifications for any potential career opportunities you are considering. Getting answers to your questions will help you understand the importance of being educated and how much education is required to enter and advance in your chosen occupation.