The value of certifications is debated in almost all industries as organizations try to quantify the benefits of certification versus college education, sometimes basing the answers on entry level versus management positions. Certifications seem to be growing in importance as the need for ongoing education that reflect changes in a global, technology-based business environment grows and as new positions are created to handle emerging responsibilities.
At this time, certification for positions throughout the supply chain are not mandatory but there is an increasing focus on certification as displaced workers seek employment in new industries and young people look for training that doesn’t require the time and financial investment of a college degree.
“Certification in Europe is a more common way to train for jobs because 65 percent of students go from high school directly into the workforce,” says Leo Reddy, chief executive officer of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). The certification and apprenticeship model in Europe paves the way for students to move into a career even if they are unable to, or chose not to, attend college.
“In the United States, we have one excellent model of certification that serves as an example of the benefits of certification to individuals as well as companies,” says Reddy. “The National Institute of Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification program is recognized industry-wide. Not only do automotive repair companies require ASE certification for employees but consumers know to look for ASE certified technicians to repair their cars.”
By Sheryl Jackson