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Credentials, Certifications & Designations: Understanding the Acronyms of Workforce Development

Paula Battalia Brand
Paula Battalia Brand
Paula Battalia BrandCareer Counselor | Career Coach | LinkedIn Trainer | Resume Writer | Your link to career SUCCESS! at Brand Career Management

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Credentials, Certifications & Designations: Understanding the Acronyms of Workforce Development

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Credentials, Certifications and
Designations: Understanding the
Acronyms of Workforce
Development
Paula Brand, MA, GCDF, CPRW
pbrand@aawdc www.aawdc.org
TO BE COVERED TODAY
• WHAT ARE THE CERTIFICATIONS?
• WHO GIVES THEM?
• ARE THEY NECESSARY?
• WHY WOULD YOU WANT ONE?
• THINGS TO CONSIDER
• PANEL PRESENTERS
Credentials, Certifications & Designations:  Understanding the Acronyms of Workforce Development
• No single governing
body
• No one industry
standard
• Many areas of expertise
• Not regulated (except
licensed counselors)
• Often not required
NAWDP 2010 STUDY-KEY FINDINGS
http://www.nawdp.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Certification/CredentialReport2010.pdf
• Almost 700 professionals, 48 state & territories
in the field of workforce
• Most hiring managers value credentials but
only 15-26% require them for employment
decisions
• CWDP (NAWDP) was most valued
• Next were… GCDF, teaching certificates and
essential business skills
WHY DO YOU WANT
CERTIFICATIONS?
• Gain knowledge and resources
• Shows you’re a Subject Matter Expert
• Increases perceived credibility
• Recognition from peers and leaders
• Promote your own expertise/career
• Less time and money than a degree

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Credentials, Certifications & Designations: Understanding the Acronyms of Workforce Development

  • 1. Credentials, Certifications and Designations: Understanding the Acronyms of Workforce Development Paula Brand, MA, GCDF, CPRW pbrand@aawdc www.aawdc.org
  • 2. TO BE COVERED TODAY • WHAT ARE THE CERTIFICATIONS? • WHO GIVES THEM? • ARE THEY NECESSARY? • WHY WOULD YOU WANT ONE? • THINGS TO CONSIDER • PANEL PRESENTERS
  • 4. • No single governing body • No one industry standard • Many areas of expertise • Not regulated (except licensed counselors) • Often not required
  • 5. NAWDP 2010 STUDY-KEY FINDINGS http://www.nawdp.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Certification/CredentialReport2010.pdf • Almost 700 professionals, 48 state & territories in the field of workforce • Most hiring managers value credentials but only 15-26% require them for employment decisions • CWDP (NAWDP) was most valued • Next were… GCDF, teaching certificates and essential business skills
  • 6. WHY DO YOU WANT CERTIFICATIONS? • Gain knowledge and resources • Shows you’re a Subject Matter Expert • Increases perceived credibility • Recognition from peers and leaders • Promote your own expertise/career • Less time and money than a degree
  • 7. CHOOSING CERTIFICATIONS • What organization is behind the letters? • Is it national, regional, a local chapter? • Where is the certification recognized? • Who is behind the organization? (Executive Director/Board of Directors) • Size and reputation of organization • What do others say? • Cost and time involved
  • 8. COMMON CHARACTERISTICS • A fee and process to apply • Required to maintain in good standing • Adhere to a Code of Ethics • Must maintain membership in certifying organization • Must complete continuing education and follow re-certification policies
  • 9. PANEL DISCUSSION • Who do they represent/their position • Organization history/mission/purpose • Membership–benefits, cost & eligibility • What certifications/professional development opportunities they offer • If you are considering joining……
  • 10. TODAY’S PANEL • For MACCA - Shahrzad Arasteh, CPRW, GCDF • For NAWDP - Hugh Bailey • For IAWP - Bob Pelletier, GCDF • For MCDA - Karol Taylor, GCDF

Editor's Notes

  1. Are they a viable org? Is the organization viable enough to promote it own certifications? Do they have lobbyists on staff? A larger org. will be able to look out for its members better. What is the reputation of the Org? How is the org. connected to other orgs. (sister org. division, local chapter, etc.) Membership costs and amount of work needed to get certification
  2. If you let the cert. become inactive, you often have to start from the beginning to get it again