Certification tests in the fields such as accounting, teaching and acupuncture. Certification is a definite process of ensuring that an individual is qualified in terms of particular skills or knowledge and with the relevant experiences. Certification programs are mostly prepared by some certifying agency, mostly the professional bodies. For professional certification, certification can only be accessed by members of those professions only. Requirements for certifications includes knowledge of a particular trade as per the certifying bodies and academic qualifications. Certain years of documented experiences Book of Knowledge (BOK), references from employees and many other prerequisites.
Accountancy bodies are professional bodies and have realized the importance of certification for professionals. Certification saves time spent interning by ensuring professional get certified on specialized areas such as internal audit, management accounting, or forensic accounting. Examples of such certifications.
- Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
- Certified Public Accountants
- Certified Secretaries
Certifications benefit both the individuals and the organizations they work for. Benefits for organizations include having skills that are bench marked to recognized criteria and the possibility of staff being trained to a consistent skills level. Certificated people are more productive and with consistent standards. Certification reduces downtime, because staff members have the skills needed to cope with issues as they come. Gaining certifications is aligned to performance-related pay, thus allowing companies to have readily available benchmarks to base such decisions on. Certification also ensures lower staff turnover and better customers’ satisfaction. www.kemnet.co.ke
Issues in Certifications
Certification confers to the recipient a recognition that carries with it economic value as the certified personal is in a better position to get a service contract or charge more than another similarly skilled person without certification. Thus more importance is placed on the quality of the certification itself and the due process that goes into it to ensure that the certified person is of the prescribed standard and is in position to maintain it.