What is Industry Certification?
Industry certification is earned by a person to assure qualifications have been met to perform a job or task. Most
certification programs are created, sponsored, or affiliated with professional associations, trade organizations, or IT vendors (i.e.
Microsoft) interested in raising standards. These certifications must be renewed periodically, or may be valid for a specific period
of time. Due to changing employment and increased ever-changing technology requirements, industry certification provides an
impartial, third-party endorsement of a person’s professional knowledge and experience and is often recognized across the
country. Certifications are usually earned from a professional society or educational institute, not the government. If a
demonstration of ability or knowledge is required by law before being allowed to perform a task or job, it is referred to as
licensure by state agencies. Licensure may or may not be accepted across state lines therefore, individuals may have to retest for
licensure when applying for positions in different states.