Benefits of Personnel Certification
By Dr. George Anastasopoulos
Personnel certification can be met nowadays in almost every country in the world today. Law, construction, auditing, nursing, accountancy, information technology, sales, social work, engineering, software development, and association management just scratch the surface of the wide range of professions that have voluntary or mandatory certification.
Personnel certification has found its way into almost every industry for a simple reason: It helps advance the profession. And it does so in a valid, fair and non-discriminatory basis. Certification helps employers evaluate potential new hires, analyse job performance, evaluate employees, select contractors, market services, and motivate employees to enhance their skills and knowledge. Certificate holders benefit too. Personnel certification gives recognition of competency, shows commitment to the profession, and helps with job advancement and it can be an asset both to an employee and an employer in many ways by:
· Offering unique programs that have been built by and for distinguished professionals themselves, with input from their industry and interested parties
· Establishing and validating a standard skill level for employees
· Competence that is not only speciality specific, but focuses on core abilities
· Assisting job recruiters and human resource departments to create measurable job skill programs
· Aiding human resource personnel and recruiters to better select candidates for their positions
· Building confidence, and increased proficiency and performance
· Promoting mentoring within the work environment
Personnel certification benefits for Individuals, Employers and Customers can be summarized in the following points:
Technical achievement goal
International passport of competence
Employer recognition (selection, bonuses, advancement, pay)
Industry recognition of skill set
Lower personnel turnover
Improved workforce management
Better hiring decisions
Right person performing tasks/job
Skill set based on validated performance objectives
Individual commitment to being skilled and current
Improved price/value indicator
Increased customer satisfaction
IPC added value
IPC adds more value on the global personnel certification market. The certificates issued by IPC members (Personnel Certification Bodies) and the performance of the professionals they certify are viewed as conforming with a high set of standards. Standards set by an association of organisations active in personnel certification and conformity assessment that strive to increase the status of certified personnel on a global scale. This leads to an instant increase in professional’s prestige, as value is added to their certificates.
By improving the standing of the certification that IPC members’ offer, as well as the certification procedure worldwide, professionals gain benefit from the satisfaction and confidence of the end users, thus expanding their prospects with them and improving their status.
IPC promotes the activities of its members in as many ways on an international scale. IPC has established a network of contacts with all major organisations in the conformity assessment market, which it plans to continually expand. Therefore, IPC members can benefit both directly and indirectly from the expertise of organisations such as IAF, ISO, CASCO, Codex Alimentarius, etc.
IPC also supports its members and other parties interested in personnel certification on the development of certification schemes by the development of a series of technical specification and guidance documents. Those documents are offered in public domain in order to promote and expand personnel certification in various sectors.
IPC MLA provides an actual value to professionals by the immediate recognition of their competence by other IPC members around the world, as well as by other organisations, and market leaders on certification market. It has to be clear to this point that recognition of equivalence does not mean that participating bodies are required to award certificates on the basis of a certificate issued by another participating body member of IPC but that they accept the certificates of competence issued by other MLA bodies as being issued on equally credible processes with those of their own.
In IPC we have continued our evolution towards being a pure global Association of Personnel Certification Bodies and associated interested parties. We have also made significant progress towards an IPC able to address the market requirement for personnel certification extended into many more contexts within business, industry and government in addition to management systems personnel certification market which always remains one of our top priorities.
In the immediate goals of IPC is the release of an MLA dedicated to training providers. A new agreement is drafted and soon will be offered for approval to IPC General Assembly.
IPC all those years is working towards the development of valuable know-how and practical “tools” supporting international Personnel Certification community by adding value to all interested parties: Professionals, Certification Bodies, Industry.
In IPC we are always working towards the fulfilment of our mission, which is:
To promote business improvement through the recognition of individuals who, having demonstrated competence to internationally agreed industry criteria, will provide an effective contribution to business performance,
to provide assurance through the provision of consistent, competent personnel performance, worldwide.