Professional certifications: meaning, benefits and tips for achieving

Professional certifications are tools for accrediting, attracting and retaining talent in line with market needs. They allow you to officially...
12 January 2023

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Professional certifications: meaning, benefits and tips for achieving

Professional certifications are tools for accrediting, attracting and retaining talent in line with market needs.

They allow you to officially accredit people’s competencies, regardless of the source of their skills and knowledge. In addition, this official accreditation tool increases the confidence of your employees and clients in your project. 

The Certificate of Professionalism thus addresses professional profiles as a set of identifiable competencies in the productive system, as well as recognized and valued in the labor market. 

Therefore, it is necessary to understand its implications and what it can bring to your company in order to know all the benefits that you can access through it. We share with you some tips to achieve this. 

What are professional certifications? 

Professional certifications are official accreditations of a worker’s skills and are used to identify and quantify their value in the job market by recognizing an individual’s knowledge, skills and experience in a particular field or profession. 

These certifications are typically earned by passing an exam or completing a specific on-the-job experience. 

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Why are professional certifications important?

Professional certifications are strategic to society as a whole because they enable:

  • To certify that the person has the professional qualifications or competencies required to perform a specific job. They may have been acquired through formal education, work experience or informal channels. 
  • To promote continuous, flexible and accessible training for citizens, structured in modules that allow the acquisition of new skills and professional qualifications. 
  • To nurture the transparency of the labor market for employers and workers at national or international level.
  • To improve the quality of vocational training for employment. 
  • To classify the training courses of the vocational training subsystem for employment.
  • To contribute to the integration, transfer and recognition of the different vocational training offers.
Professional certifications

Benefits of professional certifications

Professional certifications are worth it because they offer many benefits to both the employee and the employer. 

Benefits for candidates or employees

The following are the most important benefits for the employee.

  • You have an official credential.
  • You can show employers that you have the knowledge and skills to do the job.
  • It helps you stand out from other candidates. 
  • It reinforces your aptitude and potential for professional development.
  • It completes your career advancement opportunities.
  • It gives you access to professional networks and resources such as associations, educational or training institutions. 
  • It provides you with a credential that can sometimes be validated with some other educational credentials. 
  • It is your best ally in the job market.
  • It facilitates and encourages continuous and personalized learning.

These certifications are not limited to a specific professional field, but cover fields such as finance, health, technology, etc. 

Some examples of professional certifications are the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, or the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification.

Benefits for HR departments or recruitment agencies

For the employer, the benefits of this type of certification include: 

  • Help prove that employees are qualified in the event of an audit.  
  • Improve career plans with skills not directly related to their daily performance. 
  • Retain existing talent in the organization by empowering employees.
  • Identify and facilitate the acquisition of hidden or undiscovered talent, both internally and externally.
  • Access profiles that demonstrate they have the experience to be productive on day one.
  • Increase customer confidence by objectively verifying the company’s level of expertise.
  • Improve organizational performance.
What are professional certifications?

Tips for achieving professional certifications

Here are some tips to help you achieve your professional certification.

  1. Educate yourself about the entire certification process, either through official bulletins or reliable related sources.
  2. Match your professional profile with the certificate that best fits it.
  3. Complete all required modules to obtain the certificate.
  4. Accumulate the module on non-work practices.  
  5. Evaluate the professional competencies acquired through work experience or non-formal training accredited by yourself. 
  6. Complete the training linked to the professional certificates in person or online, if the system offers the necessary conditions for interaction between teachers and students (such as access to resources, security, exchange, etc.).

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