The value of certification

Skills have become the global currency of the 21st century economies!

In a world where competition for jobs, pay increases, and academic success continues to increase, certifications offer hope because they are a credible, third-party assessment of one’s skill and knowledge for a given subject.

Some of the key benefits of certification include:

  • Validation of knowledge
  • Increased marketability
  • Increased earning power
  • Enhanced academic performance
  • Improved reputation
  • Enhanced credibility
  • Increased confidence
  • Respect from peers

Certification can improve academic performance

  • Higher grade point average for certified high school students: 3.12 vs 2.78 (4.0 scale)
  • Higher graduation rates for certified high school students: 97.5% vs 78.4%
  • Increased post-secondary enrollment: 84% vs 82%
  • Reduced dropout rates: 0.2% vs 1.0%

Certification provides significant advantages to professionals and job candidates

  • IT professionals with certifications have an average salary of $111,334, 7% more than non-certified professionals.2
  • IT professionals who gained new skills and/or certifications last year received an average raise of $12,000-$13,000.3
  • 91% of hiring managers report certification is an important criterion for hiring.4
  • Certification makes job candidates stand out in a crowded job market.5
  • Certification makes a better case for that big raise or promotion.5
  • Third-party validation of skills is far more powerful than self-promotion of knowledge.

Closing the global skills gap

Many employers in countries and regions around globe report a shortage of qualified workers. Although employers have many job openings, they struggle to find skilled, qualified applicants to fill those positions.7 Certification helps close the gap.

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