Credentialing bodies world-over face the dilemma of keeping up the pace with the changing demands in the job market place. While the demand is huge for certified professional it keeps shifting as per the new industry skill that comes up with the evolving technology.
With the surging demand the pressure on the credentialing bodies also mounts up. Why and how are the two questions that come to your mind. Right? Well, here’s why and how.
Certification bodies design and curate their certification programs as per the industry standards and ensure that the student is coached and taught all the latest tools and techniques being used in the industry. And to ensure that the certification programs offered by these credentialing bodies have certain certification standards, the credentialing institutes keep upgrading their programs.
The programs are curated and designed by the industry experts keeping in mind the real time challenges faced in the corporate world. The programs undergo rigorous time to time inspection to include new skills as per the industry standards while either retaining the old skill (if it is not still redundant) or completely removing it from the program (if it has become redundant).
There are other rules and regulations to ensure high certification standards. And these rules and regulations are for the learners who wish to take their programs –
- Before you apply for certain program there are prerequisites that you need to fulfill. The prerequisites generally include your educational qualifications, skills acquired till date and amount of experience in the field.
- In some cases, despite these above-mentioned prerequisites there are exams you have to give before you become eligible for the program. The exam ensures that you are ready for the program, as the programs are designed to fill the knowledge gaps you have in your profile and are not a substitute for a degree course.
- In certain cases, to maintain high certification standards, the certification bodies provide not only paper-based certifications but also offer digital badges or digital credentials that you can display on your online profile.
- Digital credentials ensure that no one can forge the credentials as they are digitally encrypted and has a code that needs to be copied on the learner’s profile. The digital credential carries the detailed information about the learner’s program, with the name of the university, date and duration of the program. In addition to all this, a digital credential also carries personal information like the name of the learner, age and date of birth along with other related personal information.
With these pointers in place the certification bodies ensure the high certification standards in the industry thus making them globally recognized and respectable in the industry. So when you undertake a certification program from any of these certification bodies, your value as an employee rises above the mediocre candidate applying for the same position. And if you are senior professional seeking promotion, then you become the first choice for it.