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 performance1

  • 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%

They’re looking for reasons to hire candidates ... if they see anything that’s relevant to their industry, to their company, to the specific position, it’s definitely going to help to make that candidate more attractive.

Tim Gates

Adecco Staffing, Senior Regional Vice President

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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Value of Certification videos:

1, 2, 3, 4Microsoft Certification Program Satisfaction Study, 5, 6, 7