Certification and Competencies
Competency is defined as the capability to apply or use the set of related knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform a task or work safely and consistently to a required standard. Simply stated, Competency is a critical skill set needed to do a job successfully. On the other hand, Certifications are designated credentials earned by an individual or organization to verify their legitimacy and competence to perform a job or produce something in a stated environment. Certification is typically displayed as a document stating that you have acquired appropriate knowledge, been trained, and are prepared to meet a specific set of criteria as a professional. This certification is awarded only after you’ve passed the proper assessments administered by a recognized third-party credentialing institution or organization. Generally speaking, there are three general types of certification: Organization -internal, Product-specific, and Profession-wide, such as reliability and maintenance professional. Some examples of professional certifications are CMRP, CMRT, CRL, CMM, MLT, CAMA, etc.
Professional certification is not a replacement for accredited degree work but instead is supposed to complement your education or professional experience in your field. Once you’ve earned a certification, you are given a designation that you can use after your name as a way to distinguish certified professionals. Obtaining professional certification displays your dedication to your profession and verifies that you’re well-trained to use your industry’s best practices and tools effectively. Taking the time and effort to obtain these certifications can show potential employers that you are a valuable contributor to your profession and help you gain recognition for your commitment to continuous learning and self-improvement.
The significant advantages of becoming certified in your work include:
- Knowledge and skills to implement best practices
- Professional credibility
- Improved Efficiency
- Competitive advantage
- Improved earning potential
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