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Continuing Education certification programs are created to allow you to demonstrate a particular proficiency in a given discipline. Frequently, certification programs are sponsored by professional organizations or industry associations as a means of raising standards in a given body of work through the "certification" of knowledge and/or skills that an individual has attained.
You will find a significant portfolio of certification programs offered by HCC in the categories shown below. Click on any category fro further information on teh programs available for you to kick start or continue to grow your career.
As Phillip A. Barnhart states in his book, National Professional
Certification Programs, (second edition):
“Work and organizational changes in the past several years have forced organizations to reinvent themselves and individuals to reeducate themselves. No company or employee can escape today’s workplace challenges:
To adapt, you may find it helpful or even necessary to earn certification
in a given area of expertise.
Currently, 3 major trends are influencing the importance of becoming certified (and this is the case whether or not you have earned a degree).
The growth of certification programs is also a reaction to the changing
employment market. Certifications are portable, since they do not depend
on one company's definition of a certain job. Certification stands out
on a resume as a form of professional reference by being an impartial,
third-party endorsement of an individual's professional knowledge and
Most certification programs are created, sponsored, or affiliated with professional associations, trade organizations, or certain vendors interested in raising the standards of their workforce. Most certification programs offered by HCC carry the endorsement of such organizations, or are recognized at the state or national levels as signifying your attainment of a minimum level of performance and/or knowledge.