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  • Do you want to earn career industry certifications?
  • Are you feeling under-prepared for your position in workforce development?
  • Are you seeking ways to demonstrate your expertise and professionalism?
  • Have you been searching for a list of career certifications because you don’t have the time to do the extensive research yourself?

Are you a career professional seeking ways to grow and demonstrate your expertise and professionalism, but confused by the multitude of certification options with no trusted, convenient source to compare the choices? If so, the Essential Guide to Career Certifications was created for you! 

Earning certifications can increase your professional credibility and make you feel better prepared for success in your job.  This is especially important when your career passion is to help others find satisfying means for employment. This electronic publication is designed to make it easy for you to learn about certifications in the career industry covering common focus areas such as:  résumé writing, workforce development, job search, career development and career coaching.

The 3rd Edition of The Essential Guide to Career Certifications offers information on 50+ career credentials. It includes the training provider, category, costs, length of time, re-certification requirements and a link for more information. Most of us have a limited amount of time and money; as a career professional, this list will help you invest your time and money more wisely. If you are a manager of career staff, it will help you budget and plan for training costs, making the most of your budget, while ensuring your team has the training and credentials they need to provide quality career services.


The Essential Guide to Career Certifications

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“Finally, a resource that explains what each certification means, how to earn it, how to maintain it, and more.”

– Wendy Enelow & Louise Kursmark, Career Thought Leaders Consortium

“Here is a guide that not only saves you countless hours of research, but one that helps determine what certifications are right for you.  Its easy-to-read and well-organized format provides pertinent and comprehensive information.  Paula Brand and Shahrzad Arasteh have filled a void by compiling this Guide, and it is a must-have for any career development professional.”

– Marcia Hall, founder and principal of Reputation COUNTS

“Thank you for putting together the comprehensive Guide. It allowed me to compare certifications, to understand their differences, and to see which one is right for me. It was very helpful.”     

–  Mary Ellen Branham

         “The Guide is so helpful. I didn’t know there were so many. I knew about the certifications that NCDA offers and I knew

there was a certification for resumes but I didn’t know there were so many. I’m so glad I purchased it.”   

– Teresa Williams, Certified Career Counselor


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