Professionals are more qualified now than they have been at any pervious time in human history. To be competitive all professional experts require the necessary designations, the required certifications and advanced soft skills. Expert Professional is the world’s most extensive collection of qualifications on a single website. Find details on every designation and certification available. Search for specific designations or find qualifications related to your field. Map the journey to your next professional qualification by utilizing our clear routes to completing a designation or certification. Develop the skills required to compete in the global marketplace by increasing your soft skills. Whatever your destination, Expert Professional will guide you to the top of your field and add achievements to your name.
Before we begin it is important to remember that not all qualifications are created equal. What characters you can put behind your name differs depending on location and industry. What is the difference?
Difference between Designations and Certifications
The difference between a designation and certification depends on the source, industry standards, and arbitrary requirements. The difference is an ever changing grey line that moves in every industry. To distinguish the difference, Expert Professional uses the following distinctions:
Designations – A designation is the result of education, experience and application. The completion of a designation results in post-nominal characters or the use of a designation’s acronym after one’s name. Designations always have strict industry-wide standards that result in the required knowledge and skills to perform a career at a competent level.
Certifications – A certification generally requires extensive study with a qualifying exam that results in the demonstration and application of enough knowledge to perform to industry standards. A certification results in a certificate of completion that demonstrates the individual is competent in the subject matter studied.
Soft Skills – Soft skills result in a certificate of completion and the accumulation of advanced skills in a general knowledge area that will be beneficial to all those who may have to exhibit specialized skills during their career. Soft skills can be other useful knowledge that develops an individual’s career from competent to a leader and mentor.
Unfortunately, there are still difficulties in applying these definitions to all industries. The use of designations and post-nominal characters is influenced by tradition.
Business & IT
Business and Information Technology have created the most common use of designations and certifications in which all designations obtained bestow post-nominal characters. Professionals will list advanced degrees bestowed through education (MBA, Phd’s, MSc., etc.) . Bachelor degrees are generally not listed. The order of post-nomial characters is left up to each individual and is listed in order of importance and reputation. For example, some professionals may list an MBA before other professional designations, while others may place a CPA before an MBA depending on the reputation of the MBA program in contrast to a CPA.
Engineering designations are bestowed by becoming a Professional Engineer. The requirements to become a professional engineer differ by location. Specialization generally does not result in additional post-nominal characters but is reflected in the skills and application of knowledge in the field. The right to use a licensed title differs by the jurisdiction. Engineer’s will display a P.Eng designation followed by any specializations. Many may not include designations as post-nominal characters unless on formal documents.
Those practicing medicine generally list advanced degrees and include specializations. The medicine field is unique in that many professionals also list membership into medical societies that may be listed as long as the practitioner is a member in good standing. A medical practitioner generally displays an M.D., R.N. or other educational designation followed by memberships then specializations and other designations.
In the legal industry practitioners generally list a post-graduate degree demonstrating the professionals background. This is usually followed by a legal degree, which can then be followed by additional specializations or other designations.