May 10, 2007

The Myths of Certification

If you look up the word myth in a dictionary, you’ll find one definition that describes it as “a fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology.” In the case of professional certification programs, many myths or beliefs have come to be accepted as truths. Those so-called truths affect the way certification programs currently are designed, developed, managed, and used. Not that any of those myths are bad, but they can be misleading.

Then, what are the greatest myths about certification? Use the following list to help you decide if professional certification is right for your organization.

1. Certification is an "easy sell" to the organization.
2. A certification test doesn't really need to be validataed.
3. Certification is for high-tech environments.
4. An organization should always build its own certification programs.
5. Individuals in the organization who fail to become certified are out of a job.
6. If I certify my workforce, they'll leave to go to another job.
7. You don't need to keep your certification program secure.
8. Certification programs mean big money.
9. Certification is not a business.
10. It's too hard to justify ROI for certification.
Source: Jamie Mulkey and Jennifer Naughton in T+D Magazines

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