today's labor market credentials are often essential in finding and keeping a
good job. The credentials of an education or previous training are very
important. Employers will evaluate your credentials to ensure you possess the
necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for a job or career. Besides a degree,
other credentials you can have are certification, licensing, and past
A certification is issued by an organization and provides
confirmation that you are qualified in a specified occupation. Certification
means that you possesses a specific knowledge or skill level in an occupation.
Types of Certification
Occupational certification can be broadly grouped into two areas:
certifications granted by organizations or professional associations, and
industry or product-related certifications.
All certifying organizations set their own standards for certification.
You must meet this standard set of requirements in order to receive the
certification. A certification requirement could be anything from education,
training, and work experience, to passing an examination.
Licensing is the most restrictive form of professional and occupational
regulation. It is almost a right-to-practice a particular occupation. In some
states it is
illegal to practice a profession without first meeting State standards and