In a world where competition for jobs, pay increases, and academic success continues to increase, certifications offer hope to candidates and educators.
Certification helps to build a skilled workforce that meets the needs of local employers and government tech initiatives. Certification strikes the right balance of academic excellence and real-world skills, giving students the confidence and motivation they need to succeed both in school and in a profitable career.
“According to Pearson VUE’s 2021 Value of Certification study, 69% of IT managers believe certification significantly increases an employee’s productivity,” said Ray Murray, of Vice President and General Manager, Certiport. “Certifications are a great way to help candidates get their foot in the door and be more productive in their future careers.”
A certification is any credential that an individual can earn or achieve that validates a level of knowledge or a skillset related to a specific subject or discipline. Certifications are credentials that stand in addition to, in support of, or independently from degrees and diplomas.
Value of certification
Certifications, as defined above, are often created or supported by industry-recognized businesses or organizations and are administered in controlled environments by authorized and independent agents. Validating technical skill and knowledge has benefits in both academic and workplace settings.
Key benefits of certification in academia
Candidates who earn certifications while in school reap benefits early, including:
- Validation of knowledge
- Enhanced academic performance
- Improved reputation
- Enhanced credibility
- Increased confidence
- Respect from peers
Studies validate the specific benefits listed above, demonstrating the value of certifications for candidates as well as academic institutions. According to the Florida CAPE Performance Report, certification provides tangible improvements in academic performance, including:
- 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%