Certificate 101

The certificate seems to be little-understood. So let's talk about why a certificate can benefit you in your job search or current career...

First, job requirements will always vary based on the position and industry. This is why it is very important to think about what it is you truly want to do, then research the career and industry in your surrounding areas. A certification program can open up new opportunities for you and your career.

What is a Certificate?

Getting a certification means that you completed a specialized form of training. Also, it can mean that you have the technical knowledge of a specific field. Generally it is faster to complete when compared to getting a degree, as most certification programs take less than a year to complete. It is valuable when it comes to advancing your career and enhancing your knowledge. Certifications can also augment the credentials of someone who already has a degree.

Certifications usually do not require a broad knowledge base as compared to degrees and they are more affordable and can be done anywhere on your time.

However, working in the field of the certificate is essential for maximizing earnings. Because certificate programs are usually short-term and focus on occupational rather than general skills, working in the field you study is necessary. So don't take a career course in Professional Gunsmithing and expect to get a job as a Motocycle Technician. Yes, while they are both skilled trades - certificate programs are specific in the skills they teach, and that is what employers look for. So make sure you do your research and know the job you wish to obtain before training starts.

Certificate Stats...

  • Certificate programs have become the second most common postsecondary award in the U.S. With over 1 million certificates awarded each year.
  • A certificate is the highest form of education held by about 1 in 10 American workers.
  • On average, certificate holders earn 20 percent more than high school graduates without any postsecondary education.
  • Those who work in the field receive a 37% wage premium, while those who work outside their field receive nearly the same wages as high school-educated workers.

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By: Angela Caban