Have you ever thought about spending time earning a professional certification?
If this is something that has crossed your mind, good! You’re on the right track. You can opt to take a course in your chosen field, or expand your horizons and take a course in a new skill. Getting a new certification or qualified skill has many pros to it, and almost no cons or drawbacks.
Investing your time, money, effort, and energy in earning professional certifications can only help you. It will never hurt you or your prospects. There are countless benefits of certifications, and we give you our top five below;
- Realize a Competitive Advantage
When you have training that your competitors don’t, it sets you. Certifications can differentiate you from other professionals in your field, showing that you have a demonstrated commitment to understanding and excelling in your profession
- Boost Efficiency
Professional certifications can also help give your independent business a solid foundation. The advanced training, information, and knowledge you gain from specialized coursework can provide you with up-to-date tools and technical strategies that will serve to guide and direct you in the execution of your projects, allowing you to manage all aspects of your work more effectively.
- Increase Your Earning Potential
The time and effort invested in professional certifications often result in increased income. Most clients will understand the higher costs associated with specialized training and are willing to pay for consultants who have industry certifications. For example, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification recipients report median salaries that are 26% higher than those who are not PMP certified.
- Grow Your Knowledge and Skills
By acquiring new and updated industry information or techniques, you can hone current work habits that may be causing inefficiencies or quality issues with your output while increasing your competencies.
- Establish Professional Credibility
There is an increasing number of companies, non-profits, and government organizations that, when working with independent consultants, want (or may even be required) to engage those who have certain certifications from recognized programs. Certification demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continued learning. These merits can help boost your professional credibility and prestige within your own network, with your current clients, and when pursuing new business opportunities or bidding on projects.