How Six Sigma Certification Will Change Your Life?

How Six Sigma Certification Will Change Your Life?

What is the value of Six Sigma certification to you?

Your Six Sigma certification can be priceless to you or it can be detrimental to you – the choice is yours.  Certification by itself is not a magic bean so don’t assume having it on your resume will put you on top of the heap.  But, while there’s no guarantee that certification will get you that special job or promotion, for some positions, certification is the price of admission into the game.  For others it’s clearly a differentiator.

If you’re in a field or entering a field where it’s expected then certification is a “must have”.  If it’s not mandatory but valued by the industry or corporation then certification is a “nice to have”.    In both cases you should strongly consider getting trained and certified.  But don’t stop there. The certification alone will not inherently make you more valuable to any company.  It’s you that makes you valuable to them.  More specifically it’s what you can do with your knowledge and skills on their behalf.  If you can show on your resume that your certification helps you deliver effective results and be a successful project manager, analyst, leader, supervisor etc. then the certification takes on a whole new value proposition for you and the hiring firm.

The certification process is what introduces you to a proven methodology and a whole world of knowledge, tools and know-how.  Learn it and learn to use it effectively and your certification will be unbelievably valuable. On the other hand if you just get certified and stick it on your resume with not further application and study then your certification will be worthless and even perhaps detrimental.  Why detrimental? because when those who value it realize you’re paper certified and can’t back it with results then you’ll be quickly dismissed and you don’t want that.

So what’s the value of certification?  It’s up to you.  Should you get certified?  The Answer is certainly a yes if you can think of and treat your certification like it’s the beginning of your journey and not the end.  If you do that then I can assure you that your journey will be filled with learning and growth.

Six Sigma certification is ISO/IEC 17024 compliant.

Ensuring A Job Well Done With ISO/IEC 17024

Ensuring A Job Well Done With ISO/IEC 17024

This article was first appeared in ISO Focus+ written by Roy Swift and Vijay Krishna. Dr. Vijay Krishna is Senior Manager of personnel certi­fication accredita­tion programmes at the American National Standards Institute or ANSI, while Dr. Roy Swift is Senior Director of personnel creden­tialing accreditation programmes at ANSI.

With workforces getting larger and more international, profes­sional certification is increasingly becoming a requirement for em­ployment. People are a country’s primary asset and key drivers for economic growth and development. At the same time, providing the necessary skills for growing workforces is increasingly a challenge.

Professional certification reassures employ­ers that applicants have the required knowl­edge, skills, and competencies for the job. ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons has become a bench­mark for quality certification programmes, enhancing the integrity, confidence, and mobility of certified professionals.

ISO/IEC 17024 constitutes a benchmark for quality personnel certification pro­grammes. Its major requirements target the:

  • organisational structure of the certi­fication body to ensure impartiality, independence, and integrity
  • development and maintenance of the certification scheme based on job/prac­tice analysis to evaluate the compe­tence of the candidates
  • evaluation and assessment that meet acceptable psychometric standards
  • recertification to ensure continued competency
  • management system for continuous quality improvement
  • outsourcing and monitoring perfor­mance of subcontractors
  • records, security, and use of certificates/logos.

With its focus on job/practice analysis, ISO/IEC 17024 aims to create the market-value credentials required for today’s often knowledge and technology-intensive jobs. Ultimately, compliance to ISO/IEC 17024 provides confidence that the certified person can do the job well.

ISO/IEC 17024 has been well received in many countries including the United States, and is applied by government agencies, trade associations, educational institutions, and employers. The Standard is particularly important in the healthcare, public safety, and national security sectors, where it is essential to ensure that certified individuals have the necessary skills, and that the certification process conforms to an international Standard.

The growing importance of ISO/IEC 17024 was evident since its existence, which focused on possible models for creating or implementing credentialing programmes, both within and outside agencies, that will foster a more robust and successful of workforce around the world.

Here’s The Only Reason Why You Need Certification

Here’s The Only Reason Why You Need Certification

“Most professionals now pursue certification as a means of demonstrating that they have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform their work,“ explains Dr. Juliana Lim.

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Dr. Juliana Lim, is a CEO of IPEC Certification Bureau. She is one of a very few sentimental individual in Malaysia and Asia Pacific who fronts the ISO/IEC 17024 initiative in the region. The ISO/IEC 17024 is a Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Bodies Operating The Certification of Persons, developed by the International Organisation of Standards (ISO) that provides a global benchmark for personnel’s certification programmes to ensure that they operate in a consistent, comparable and reliable manner worldwide, thereby allowing individuals to have skills that translate across national lines.

She added, “Don’t simply go for any certification. Choose certifications or programmes accredited under ISO/IEC17024. It will help to increase the potential for national and international reciprocity of certified individuals and personnel certification bodies.”

The ISO/IEC 17024 standard addresses the structure and governance of the certifying body, the characteristics of the certification programme, the information required to be available to applicants, and the recertification initiatives of the certifying body. It is designed to help organisations conduct well-planned and structured evaluations in order to ensure impartiality of operations and reduce any conflict of interest. This standard will help organisations that certify individuals in a variety of occupations and professions will protect the integrity and ensure the validity of individual certification programmes. It will also promote consumer and public confidence in the capabilities and competence of the people who provide specialised services or who create the products that support our daily lives and livelihoods.

Why Project Management Professional or PMP Is A Sought After Credential?

Why Project Management Professional or PMP Is A Sought After Credential?

Back in the year 2007, Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading non-profit entity for the project management profession, announces that it has earned the prestigious ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation for its Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential program from the International
Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

ISO 17024 accreditation of PMI’s credential system for the PMP further validates the global recognition of this designation by an independent, unbiased accreditation body. It is now endorsed by more than 85 countries worldwide, and is a globally accepted benchmark for organizations that certify individuals worldwide.

PMI is the first professional project management association in the world to achieve this accreditation for its system for certifying personnel. The accreditation includes rigorous requirements for examination development and maintenance, and for quality management systems for continuing quality assurance. Organizations that employ PMI certified PMP credential holders can reference the ISO 17024 certification as a qualifier for competence and capability in project management. Professionals who are considering earning the PMP credential can be reassured that PMI’s certification system is recognized in the global business community as an international standard for certifying bodies. PMI uses the same development, maintenance and quality management system for all of its credentials.

PMI credentials are globally recognised: there are currently more than hundreds of thousands PMP credential holders in more than 160 countries globally. ISO 17024 accreditation provides further validation of the PMP’s status as the most globally transferable project management credential in the world. PMI offers a variety of credentials for practitioners from a entry level through senior executive as per below:

Project Management Professional (PMP®), initiated in 1984 to     demonstrate to employers, clients and colleagues that project managers possess project management knowledge, experience and skills to bring projects to successful completion.
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) for project team members, entry-level project managers, and qualified undergraduate and graduate students to recognize their value to project team performance.
Program Management Professional (PgMPSM) for the professional who leads the management of multiple projects and ensures the ultimate success of a program
Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) ProductSuite provides training, tools, and certification for those who help organizations achieve even greater value from OPM3®.

PMI professional credentials are available to PMI members and
non-members, and they widely recognized and accepted throughout the
world as evidence of a proven level of education, knowledge and experience
in project, program and portfolio management. PMI uses the same development, maintenance and quality management system for all of its
credentials.

8 Top Certifications for IT Jobs: ISO 17024 Compliant

8 Top Certifications for IT Jobs: ISO 17024 Compliant

This article originally appeared in Pluralsight. For IT pros looking to get into employments, you might want to consider these eight certifications, which have been reported as the most common ones among existing IT employees and contractors around the world. Check these out:

CompTIA Security+
CompTIA’s Security+ certification is a brand-neutral security certification aimed at people with at least two years of IT administration experience, preferably with some amount of security responsibility. The people who have achieved this certification are expected to have a moderate security skill set and should be able to perform actions like identifying risk and risk mitigation, provide infrastructure security guidance, and be able to manage application, operational and information security for a group or organization. CompTIA is typically quite good at offering specifics on which skills exams cover, and for the Security+ certification, it provides 10 pages of exam objectives; don’t let this overwhelm you until you have read through them completely. The Security+ certification is ANSI accredited and isISO 17024 compliant. The newest version of the Security+ certification is completed through the passing of the SY0-301 exam.

CompTIA A+. The CompTIA A+ certification is considered one of the best certifications for people just entering into the IT administration field. It offers a base level of objectives that should be known by all network administrators and has been targeted at this entry-level tier. The A+ certification is ANSI accredited and is ISO 17024 compliant. The A+ is composed of two separate exams; the first focuses primarily on hardware (PC, networking, laptop, printers, etc.) and the second focuses on concepts (operating system, security, mobile devices and troubleshooting). The newest versions of the exams are 220-801 and 220-802.

CompTIA Network+. CompTIA’s Network+ is another one that is focused on those starting in the IT field (similar to the A+). Obviously, the focus of the Network+ certification is networking and how the various devices connect together and communicate. It’s also ANSI accredited and ISO 17024 compliant. The certification curriculum itself covers a wide number of topics including networking concepts, network installation and configuration, network media and topologies, network management and network security. The Network+ is composed of a single exam; the newest version of this exam is N10-005.

Project Management Professional (PMP). The PMP is a project management certification that is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). It rigorously tests the project management knowledge, experience and skills to complete projects successfully. The PMP certification is ANSI accredited and is ISO 17024 compliant. The process (application and certification) of obtaining a PMP is a bit lengthy and thorough. Initially the candidate must possess either:

A secondary degree (high school, associates degree or equivalent) along with five years of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience (with at least 7,500 hours of leading and/or directing projects over the last eight years) OR A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) along with three years of non-overlapping professional project management experience (with at least 4,500 hours of leaning and/or directing projects over the last eight years) AND 35 contact hours of formal project management education Once these have requirements have been satisfied the application process can begin with includes an audit of submitted experience and a multiple choice exam.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The CISSP is focused on those individuals who will “define the architecture, design, management and/or controls that assure the security of business environments.” The CISSP certification is ANSI accredited and is ISO 17024 compliant. It measures competence in 10 defined domains of security knowledge including:

– Access control
– Telecommunications and network security
– Information security governance and risk management
– Software development security
– Cryptography, security architecture and design
– Operations security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning
– Legal, regulations,iInvestigations and compliance
– Physical (environmental) security

To earn the CISSP, the candidate is required to have at five years of experience in two of these domains (or four years of experience in at least two domains with a degree waiver, ISC2 approved four-year degree), pass a computer-based training (CBT) exam and have a professional endorsement from a current ISC2 certified professional.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). The ITIL is a structure of best practices for IT service management that is used by many organizations, and is also endorsed by many governments. The qualifications earned by the certification are based on the level of knowledge that a candidate has of standardized ITIL practices, principles and methods. Every candidate must start at the ITIL V3 Foundation level and work their way up. The requirements for both training and examination depend on the specific level of the certification.

Cisco Certified Network Associate – Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S).
For years the CCNA – R&S was referred to as just CCNA (with the R&S assumed); this has changed with the latest iteration of the CCNA that has just recent been introduced (in April 2013). But as before the CCNA R&S is focused on a basic level of networking and Cisco network competence, including many of the different technologies and equipment that will be seen by those entering the Cisco networking world.

The CCNA R&S certification is ANSI accredited and is ISO 17024 compliant. Now candidates have the option to take either a single (CCNA R&S – 200-120) or a split two exams (100-101 ICND1 and 200-101 ICND2) to get the CCNA R&S.

MCITP (retired) / MCSE. The MCITP is the last of the eight certifications covered. This certification has since been retired (for new candidates) and has been replaced my Microsoft with another round of names. The most direct replacement for the MCITP is the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). (Yes, this use to be Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.) Many of Microsoft’s specific certifications are ANSI and ISO 17024 accredited, and have specific recertification exams to maintain ANSI accredited credentials for those that require it. As of this writing, there are eight different roadmaps that can be followed to become an MCSE depending on the focus:

Server Infrastructure, Desktop Infrastructure, Private Cloud, Data Platform, Business Intelligence, Messaging, Communication and SharePoint.

The DOD’s Information Assurance Workforce.
The US Department of Defense or DOD’s Information Assurance (IA) workforce functions within the DOD to support the DOD Global Information Grid (GIG). For those not familiar with what an IA workforce is, a more common term for this in the corporate world is Information Security (basically the mitigation of risk throughout the whole system). Per the DOD Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program (IA WIP) [document (DOD 8570.01-M)], “The DOD IA Workforce includes, but is not limited to, all individuals performing any of the IA functions described in this Manual.”

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP). Although not part of the top eight covered above, the CASP should be covered because it has recently gained DOD acceptance. The CASP is intended as a next step for those individuals who already possess the Security+ certification. The CASP certification is ANSI accredited and is ISO 17024 compliant and is for candidates with 10 years of IT administration experience including at least five years of IT security experience. The CASP can be achieved by passing the CAS-001 exam.

When you own these certifications, your future employers will quickly acknowledge your experience and skill sets aren’t merely reflected your theory capability but also your hands-on experience as well.

More Than Taste: Improving Food Safety Through Inspector Certification

More Than Taste: Improving Food Safety Through Inspector Certification

Recently I read with interest an article by Cynthia Woodley, Julia E. Bradsher & Gerald Wojtala produced for the International Organisation for Standards (ISO) which original link is appeared at the blog section of ISO website. You may also click here to view it.

According to the article, there are as many as 2.2 million people die annually from foodborne and waterborne diseases, estimates the World Health Organization. Food safety is a critical, high-profile concern for global public health. While according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year one in six people become sick, over 127  000 are hospitalized and around 3  000 die of foodborne illness. The annual economic cost in the US alone is about USD 77 billion. Adding to the risk, the food supply chain has become highly globalized. As this has occurred, the number and severity of food safety incidents have risen. Protecting the supply chain and reducing the incidents of foodborne illness are, therefore, priorities for governments and industry worldwide.

Setting benchmarks. Common, measurable food safety standards not only safeguard public health, but also bring economic benefits. For example, in order to export food into the European Union, a company must comply with all standards required by the European Food Safety Authority. Those who do not have the capacity to meet basic safety standards significantly limit their ability to export food or ingredients, while putting the health of citizens in their own countries at risk.

Consistent, high-quality inspections. Inspection is a key tool used by government agencies to ensure food safety throughout the supply chain – from “ farm to fork ”. They inspect activities such as agricultural and meat processing ; food manufacturing, packaging and transport ; and point-of-sale food retail and food service. The quality, quantity and consistency of inspections vary widely throughout the world, both nationally and by the level of governmental agency involved. The authority realized that the competency of inspectors and comparability of their inspections could be increased through training and certification. Organized efforts are, therefore, underway to train and certify inspectors and other food protection officials. The International Food Protection Training Institute has developed and implemented a career-spanning, training curriculum framework. It aligns competencies and provides knowledge and skills for professionals using a common body of knowledge.

Certifying inspectors. Personnel certification is a way of verifying that workers are competent to perform their jobs. ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, can help ensure the qualifications and competence of food safety inspectors. The FDA is among the regulatory agencies developing certification programmes for inspectors according to ISO/IEC 17024. The administration is developing personnel certifications including manufactured food inspector, manufactured feed inspector, seafood inspector, low-acid canned foods inspector, produce inspector, retail food inspector, and imported foods inspector. In accordance with ISO/IEC 17024, these personnel certifications involve conducting a job analysis to identify necessary tasks. The certification programmes also investigate the candidate’s required knowledge, skills and attributes with an exam.

By requiring that all recognized work be performed by certified officials, the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA is ensuring the competence of food safety inspectors. In order to account for any differences that may occur (for example, if federal regulations differ from state regulations), job/task analyses are being validated at different government levels for inclusion in the training and certification system. The experience of the FDA can be used as an international model. Food safety efforts by the World Bank and the World Health Organization recognize the value of a standards-based approach to training and certification to assure sustainability and the measurability of outcomes. The FDA has made great strides in establishing training and certification processes for food safety inspectors. Quality and consistency will be enhanced by the establishment of a new ISO standard for assessing the quality and content of food safety training. As more governments and regulatory bodies develop food safety inspector certification programmes, the public can be increasingly confident in their competence.

In Asia, the importance of ISO17024 needs to be continuously highlighted in certifying food inspectors, whose work standards is needed to ensure that the food we consumed is safe.

Did You Ask “Are You Certified?” To That Beauty Salon Just Now?

Did You Ask “Are You Certified?” To That Beauty Salon Just Now?

The simplest and best way to find a reputable beauty salon or slimming center is to ask friends, family, or coworkers for a recommendation. Someone we could trust.

As a consumer, we tend to forget one thing. Whether we select a beauty center through word of mouth or by advertising, or just take a chance on a new salon, take time to ask about the worker’s experience with all the services that interest you. Seek their professional opinion, but don’t let that be the final word. If you don’t feel comfortable with what the operator suggests, don’t feel pressured to get the service at that time. A second opinion can be just as important here as in other areas of your life. The best question ever is to ask them is, are you certified?

The beauty profession is one, which takes passion, creativity, and education and training to ensure consumer and professional safety. That is why right now, to become a licensed beauty professional, the operator must complete an educational program, pass certain training, courses and examination – to protect consumer safety. In Malaysia, the professional beauty industry is yet to be regulated. What does this mean? It simply means that the consumers aren’t fully protected, and we are the one who will be badly impacted with should something go wrong.

So, we are entering this adventure at our very own risk. Some may argue there is no real safety risk in deregulation market like Malaysia; that services can simply be provided to consumers at their own risk. Consumers’ trust that the beauty professional providing their service is educated, trained, and licensed – simply put, that they know what they are doing and are not putting them at a safety risk. Try explaining that theory to a woman who had the unfortunate experience of having her eyebrows waxed at a nail salon.  She suffered third degree burns, developed a serious infection, and is now awaiting plastic surgery to attempt to repair the damage done to her face. Speak to the consumers that have suffered from a chemical burn, or contracted a disease, a highly contagious and difficult to treat bacterial infection easily passed with sharp tools that have not been properly sanitized.

Besides getting the recommendation from a trusted friend on which beauty salon we should go, asking the operator about their certification is extremely important too.

As a dynamic professional person for example, you’d like a change but aren’t exactly sure what you’re looking for. Maybe you’d like a permanent wave for your straight hair or a chemical relaxer for your curly hair. You might be thinking about getting a completely different hair color. Or maybe you’re thinking of getting artificial fingernails or having a relaxing pedicure. If you’re not sure what you want, the best thing to do is be observant. Look through magazines and cut out photos of styles and colors you find pleasing. Be a people watcher. If you see a hairstyle or color you like on someone, notice the wearer’s face shape or eye and skin coloring. Is it close to your own? Take notes so that when you decide to take that big step, you’ll have an idea of what you want and can discuss your options with your operator.

Talk with your operator before the service begins so that you both have an understanding of the desired results. Be honest. If you already have color or other chemicals on your hair, tell the operator. If you have had problems in the past with artificial nails, tell the manicurist. Tell the operator if you are taking any medications, since this could affect the outcome of the service. You know, nail salons are not all the same – just like restaurants there are the fine dining restaurants and then there are cheap fast-food outlets. And just like choosing a restaurant, choosing the wrong nail salon could result in pain, permanent damage or illness. Before agreeing to the service, look around the salon. Check the training certifications the operator had undergone, and ask her “Are you certified to do this and can I have a look at your certification please?” Don’t be shy. You deserve to know before taking a risk heading for that service from her. If she can’t produce one, then you need to have courage to walk away. Misadventure could’ve happen if you proceed.

When an adventure went wrong somewhere, as a consumer we still have the rights to report unsanitary salons for example, or misconduct, the spread of infection, injury, or any other matter of concern to the respective authority.  These authorities can conduct an inspection and administer appropriate sanctions.  However by this time, it is already too late as we can only do damage control.

When an industry, such as Beauty in Malaysia isn’t regulated, any well financially background individuals without any formal education or training can rent a space, open a beauty salon, hire several passionate but unqualified workers to run the operations and be ready to open for business. These individuals would have no idea what to look for regarding lice, open cuts/wounds, and the many other health hazards out there; would not know how to properly sanitize their space, or disinfect their tools; understand the proper use and application of chemicals on the hair, scalp, or skin; or, how to properly handle tools and use them on a client like us.

If a consumer is injured during a service they have the legal right to contact an attorney and file a claim for damages. In our industry, these operators need have insurance that cover these types of claims – just like a doctor would. While there are some who have that, many don’t especially those who aren’t licensed to provide the service. So, if a consumer were injured by untrained operators, without liability insurance, and filed that same claim, the consumers would be left holding the bill. If the operator gets sued, they will then have to take care of the damages themselves.

Consumers need to be careful. At the same time, industry players especially the licensed beauty operators need to play their roles as well. They need to elevate the industry through their best practices resulting from a formal education, training and certifications necessary to meet the needs and expectations of the consumer. Certifications exist to ensure a formal and proper training is in place, to protect the public.  Yes, today the consumer has the ability to file a complaint, and a salon can be inspected but prevention is always better than cure, isn’t it?

As a consumer we need to be very proactive. By asking this are you certified question, it will open the industry’s eyes to prioritize consumer protections. It will also push them to go for the right certifications. Accredited certification that is.

Why accredited certifications matters? While certifications will showcase to the consumers that the operators really know the job well and can deliver it with quality in mind, accredited certifications would then be a physical proof that the work delivered follows the best practices or certain standards of the industry. It will help these operators to improve their performance for the benefits of consumers. Accredited certifications will strengthen the quality by helping them to:

Access their services and find out where to focus their improvement efforts,
Develop standardized processes to improve efficiency and reduce costs,
Mitigate risk and support the uptake of best practices,
Build a culture of quality, safety and excellence,
Identify leading and commendable practices,
Publicly promote their commitment to offering safe, high quality services.

Remember when you graduate and look for a job, your first employer took into consideration the school you attended and if the government accredits it. If your degree is from an institution that has questionable accreditation, your employer will question the validity of your degree and your potential as a good job candidate. Similar to the beauty industry where we are the consumer, it is advisable to choose the beauty center or salon wisely. Remember to ask this question to that beauty salon,

Are you certified?

ISO 17024 Standards for Training System Accreditation

ISO 17024 Standards for Training System Accreditation

I came across this great article about ISO 17024 Certification of Persons written by a Pakistan-based researcher, Ali Arfan Khan titled ISO 17024 Standard for Training System Accreditation and it is a great piece.

According to Ali in his article, he mentioned about professional skills demand in the market. The demand of professional qualifications and certification is increasing day by day, every organization wanted to hire a professional who have a good educational background as well as have professional qualification in related field.

But it is necessary that your certification is accredited by known institute. Accredited certification is accepted all over the world due to its traceability and meeting requirement of eligibility for related training. Personnel certification has become a very important part of confirmatory the ability of associate more and more mobile and international work force, underscoring the worth of industry-recognized credentials which will be carried across national borders.

IPEC Certification Bureau, a Kuala Lumpur-based certification body is one of very few entity that can assists any organization or individuals who are searching for accreditation. IPEC Certification Bureau operates under the purview of Standards Malaysia and Government of Malaysia, which eventually are recognised bodies under the International Organization of Standards or ISO.

There are many reasons why ISO 17024:2012 accreditation is a must for everyone, all sectors across the board.

It helps organizations that certify people in a form of occupations and professions shield the integrity and make sure the validity of individual certification programmers.
It will also promote consumer and public confidence in the capabilities and competence of the people who provide specialised services or who create the products that support our daily lives and livelihoods. The breadth and scope of certification programmers alive these days is tremendous: programs exist for money planners, public accountants, safety professionals, non-destructive testing, quality professionals, project management, vocational trainings, consultants, provide and buying management professionals, the development business, health care professionals and tons of additional.

Certification and training schemes licensed below ISO17024 will increase the potential for national and international reciprocity of certified people and personnel certification bodies. The ISO 17024 Certification of Persons addresses the structure and governance of the certifying body, the characteristics of the certification program, the data needed to be accessible to candidates, and also the re-certification initiatives of the certifying body. It is designed to assist organisations to conduct well-planned and structured evaluations so as to confirm inclination of operations and cut back any conflict of interest.

In Ali’s final thought in the article, he ended with a great conclusion.

“The accrediting body is a superb source of impartial advice and knowledge transfer which may, in turn, lead to development opportunities. As we enter an era of increasingly rapid change, it is important for business to be able to demonstrate their human resources are fit for organisational needs”.

There is a big gap in many organisations out there. Whilst they claimed to be specialists and experts in their field which we can see from their business cards, majority of these experts aren’t properly certified. Even those are certified, their certifications aren’t properly accredited by the right body. Without rightfully accredited, ones can’t claim that their skill-set and experience are at part with Standards.

Certification – Why Mine Is Better Than Yours?

Certification – Why Mine Is Better Than Yours?

Professional certifications demand a healthy understanding of the knowledge and skills that are necessary to perform with a high degree of competence in a field. Additional requirements for training ensure a steady flow of skill and knowledge of new developments in that field. In every profession, professional certification helps employee, employer, and the consumer.

To make an example, the Certified Professional Technical Communicator credential acquired from the Society for Technical Communication (the largest and oldest association for technical communicators, technical writers, and content professionals) provides validation that carries weight and credibility among peers, clients, and organizational leaders.

My Certificate Against Your Degree

Though a university degree for example, covers a more general accreditation, the general approach itself might pose for a lesser recognition in a more focused, working environment. It is arguably an endless debate when comparing recognition through certification in its playing field but the reasons below could provide a solid basis to make a balanced judgment.

One single standard
Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) for example is a standard highly-praised anywhere in the world. The same applies to certificates of Cisco, Red Hat, etc. When you pass the exam, it no more matters if you learned the stuff in Switzerland or in Swaziland. However, no one can guarantee the same in case of degrees: a lot depends upon the university and the origins of it may be argued its effectiveness and authenticity.

Certification is skill-oriented
What makes a professional different from an amateur is skill. Modern IT industry needs people who not only know how to do something, but really can do that something.

Certification is less time-consuming.
You don’t have to attend lectures during whole semester to take a certification exam. In most cases a month or two will do perfectly. Certification training is all about weeks, whereas degree is all about years.

You get exactly what you want.
If you want to learn more about Cisco routers or Microsoft Networks Administration or Red Hat Linux, and later confirm that with proper certificate, no one will make you take philosophy or history of arts just because it’s a college policy.

Certification is cheaper.
Although not cheap at all, the certification accepted worldwide is at least five times less expensive than a degree accepted worldwide. And mind the ‘hidden’ cost of a degree, which includes accommodation, food etc., i.e. the money that will never get you closer to real knowledge or skill.

Certification is always more up-to-date.
Curricula for certification training and appropriate certification training software, as well as examination software are developed by large market players to support their products: really, who will buy the stuff if no one knows what a good it can make.

You don’t have to leave your job to take certification training.
It is very important, isn’t it? Just ask your employer if he/she is willing to give you a two-year vacation to complete a master’s degree and then welcome you back with a promotion. We do not think the answer will be positive.

You can prepare for certification exam at home and evaluate the tests online.
Save your time by preparing yourself for certification exam at home. It is also easy to pass Certificate training online not losing precious time.

Certification pays off faster.
Not only certification costs you less money, but also does provide greater return on investment. Increase of salary – or a new job, why not? – will cover the cost within a year or two, while the money spent to obtain a degree may return slowly during five or ten years.

Will It Pay Off?

This also has been the center of debates from time to time. However, to put it in numbers, professional certification and accreditation has been recorded to induce a more steady if not lucrative income streak for its holders.

A CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) certified professional earns an annual RM524,800 by global standards while a certificate in MCSE as discussed earlier would grant its holder at about RM423,400 annually.

A more ‘radical’ certification like the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) by The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) pays off up to RM 418,800 and one of the lowest paying international certificates, CNE (Certified Novell Engineer) still covers a handsome earning of RM 413,100 by current standards.

ISO 17024 And How It Controls You

ISO 17024 And How It Controls You

To begin the assessment, certification in a high rank like ISO 17024 increases a person’s market acceptance percentage, making doors open wide for a career breakthrough.

The sky is the limit they say – The qualifications obtained crosses borders under international recognition where career growth multiplies in various career choices therefore it is strongly believed that ISO 17024 accreditation fits the bill perfectly almost anywhere.

MIRRORING BACK TO THE DESK

Highly praised as being the top-most degree of personnel recognition, employees also enjoy the benefit when dispensing their time and effort into hand-picking ISO 17024.

Organizations can reduce risks on their side and minimize the chances of hiring incompetent staffers. It also helps companies save time and cost, something of a major concern nowadays.

Working around ISO 17024 also extends the benefits to training schools, strengthening their credibility in the eyes of the public. ISO 17024 ensures that a provider has the necessary capacity and resources to churn out the best of the best.

POINTING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

The standard of this certification basically adds value to an already sharpened professional. The demand of professional qualifications and certification is increasing day by day and every organization hires professionals with good educational background as well as professional qualification in related fields.

The only crucial point is that making the right choice to choose where to be certified. It is necessary that your certification is accredited by a known institute. Malaysia for instance has the Department of Skills Development (JPK) that is in compliance with ISO 17024.

DO IT

Certified and recognized accrediting bodies could only be the gateway for great knowledge transfer and opportunities so picking the right one will be a solid start for a professional growth in development. As we enter an era of increasingly rapid change, it is important for a business to be able to demonstrate its human resources are fit for global, not just national organizational needs.