A Professional Certification is the formal recognition by a recognized and established professional organization that an individual has demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specified body of knowledge. Certification is the result from an assessment process that recognizes an individual’s knowledge, skills, and competency in a particular specialty. For an individual to receive the certification, one must possess professional experience and indicates mastery or competency as measured against a defensible set of standards, usually by examination or application.
Meanwhile, a Certificate is a document attesting to an individual’s participation in an educational program that designed to fulfill particular learning objectives. Certificate program helps participants to build knowledge which do not require examination or follow-up training. Certificate will be awarded after participants had completed the required attendance in educational program.
Excelforth Consultancy is an International Personnel Certification (IPEC) accredited Training and Examination Provider. IPEC certification platform is a worldwide accepted standard for human resource certification and focuses on the defining and examining of competence of personnel. The panel of examiner are formed by professional testing experts and content subject matter experts.
In short, “The primary focus of a Certificate Program is on education or training. The Primary focus of Professional Certification is on assessment of one’s competency and expertise. Moreover, the assessment conducted by a certification program is independent of a specific class, course or other education/training program and also independent of any provider of classes, course or programs.”
Comparing IPEC Certification with Certificates
The following summary comparison is provided for purposes of clarification:
|Basis for Award||Requires passing an exam reflecting professional knowledge and expertise:|
- Experience and/or educational prerequisites.
- Exam is proctored and expertly developed to evaluate competency in a particular field of knowledge.
Not awarded for completing any specific course.
|Attending a particular training session and/or completing a course or specified courses.|
|Awarded by||An recognized individual professional association not affiliated with any commercial entity||An educational institution or commercial entity.|
|What it recognizes||Subject mastery of an objective and consistent body of knowledge based on expert consensus and objective and research-based job analysis.||Completion of a course or several courses offered by a particular training provider held at a particular point in time.|
|Source of the body of knowledge/|
skill sets referenced
|Professional organization personnel who are recognized subject matter experts and practitioners in the field of the particular certification.||The course content is developed and offered by the training provider as of the time it is offered to, and attended by, the participants.|
|Standard for granting the award||Theoretically rigorous exam questions and grading structure to which a systematically developed knowledge content is applied.|
Use of professional testing experts and content subject matter experts.
Exam formally administered under scheduled and prescribed conditions to ensure integrity.
Compliance to ISO 17024 Standards.
|Course content as demonstrated by the students’ participation and/or the specific provider’s knowledge assessment method.|
|Professional credentialing||IPEC awarded certifications can be listed after one’s name and used on business cards.|
IPEC certifications are recognized nationally and internationally.
|Not applicable. But the course attended/completed can be referenced as an educational qualification on employment applications.
Employers’ recognition of the completed training often based on familiarity with the training provider.
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