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The Business Justification For Professional Certifications

Achieving a professional certification is not easy.  In fact, in many instances it might be the most taxing and stressful part of the job. When someone attempts a professional certification the pressure is on to succeed. The investment in time and money has been made and if the employee doesn’t achieve the certification, sometimes the supervisors may feel as though the effort was a waste. It is no wonder why some employees as well as some supervisors don’t want to deal with the potential for failure. Another reason is time. Often the ones who could value form certifications most can not allocate the required time needed to study, take the classes, and finally taking the exam. These are illegitimate objections. In fact, there are no legitimate objections concerning training and certifications. There are several facts that are well known for obtaining professional certifications and all are based on incentives – both company and personal. 

The following are legitimate reasons for obtaining professional certifications:

Employee Retention 

There are some companies that think that if they allow their employees to become certified then they will leave for a better paying position with another company.  The truth is, just the opposite occurs. Employees leave leadership not companies. This is a very well known fact. When a company doesn’t encourage their employees to improve, they are sending a message that the employee is not valued. Keeping employees has a direct influence on the bottom line of profits as well as product quality.  Employee turnover can destroy a company. If a company will not invest in an employee, the employee will not embrace the company.  It is not an easy decision to leave a company, but not encouraging advancement makes the decision easier.  Professional certifications are sought through an incentive. The company may offer a financial incentive, the employee has a social incentive to be recognized by their peers, or there is a personal incentive. In some instances, certifications are achieved due to the active pursuit of knowledge and the certification serves as acknowledgement.  What ever the case, no one ever regretted obtaining a certification.  They only regret not having one. 

Better Product

Companies that are world class embrace certification pursuits and studies have shown that employees with a professional certification are more productive. Professional certifications prepare employees to deal with challenges and utilize current techniques and technology. There is also a sharing of ideas and experiences in certification preparation classes that increase awareness and help establish best practices. Various industrial specifications, test methods, and quality requirements are embraced and that translates to a better work product. Certified professionals are held in higher regard by their associates producing a higher standard of excellence. There is an increase in respect, quality, and professionalism which results in an improved product.

Customer Confidence

 In-order for a professional certification to be viable, it has to pass the test of applicability and worthiness. A professional certification that is established from a recognized global association has put in countless hours of work into establishing the body of knowledge that has to be mastered as well as preparing the exams that are designed to test the takers ability to make decisions and retain/reflect/reproduce information to solve problems.  This is done under a rather stressful environment of an exam.  When a professional earns a certification, the potential customer or existing customer recognizes that work was put in by that company and excellence was achieved.  The confidence of a certified professional exists because the worth of their ability has been recognized. If you or a loved one is ill, you would rather visit a doctor or a nurse who is board certified over someone selling herbs or potions out of a wagon. 

Achieving a recognized professional certification satisfies several incentives: social recognition of your accomplishment, professional acknowledgement of content mastery, and a personal level of satisfaction. It also increases the overall productivity and quality of products and services as well as establishing your company as a place that values its employee’s advancement. As in many things, time is required but all things of worth take time. 

For more information on which certification is best for your company, refer to this article in Plant Services magazine and contact ALS Tribology to schedule a class. 

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