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So . . . if what has landed you here is a notion that securing one of the quality management certifications listed below and situating it on your resume' (in all of its fancy-font glory) will astronomically increase your chances of landing that position you have been desiring, we at Management Works encourage you to adjust your expectations. We have participated in thousands of interviews and scoured even more resumes and can tell you unequivocally that that is simply not how it works. Regardless of how respected the below certifications are (and they are), the inclusion of any single one of them on your resume' will, generally speaking, not be the single most contributing factor in landing you that coveted position; certification definitely helps your cause, but it is typically not the overriding deciding factor for who gets hired and who does not.
If, however, what has landed you here is a desire to earn a certification that, in the preparation for it, will better equip you for the present and future challenges a manager consistently faces, thus making you more qualified than your uncertified peers to overcome those challenges, then . . . WELCOME! . . . because you understand the true value in certification; which is not so much in the obtainment of it, but in what had to be learned, done, and experienced in the preparation for it. Certified professionals tend to perform better, make more money, and garner more respect not because they have a bunch of capitalized letters after their last name, but rather because the commitment and preparation that led to those capitalized letters is reflected in the daily performance of their responsibilities.
Simply: Certified managers tend to "do" better than their uncertified peers because they tend to take what they do that much more seriously and the efforts they take to achieve certification are merely one of many reflections of that level of seriousness.
If that seems to be an apt description of you, take heart in knowing that what we have listed below are generally held in good regard by their respective stakeholders (i.e., industry employers, supervisors, and peers); and that everyone here at Management Works has achieved a management certification of some type and can thus personally attest to the many direct and indirect advantages certification bestows. With that . . . scroll on, find the best credential for you, and, if it feels right, do what you need to do to obtain it!
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We recommend the Certified Manager (CM) certification for: new managers and supervisors; individuals who are not in official management positions but their position requires they perform at least a few managerial/supervisory duties; and for any manager who has received little formal management education and training, regardless of their experience level.
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation is designed specifically for individuals who have professional experience in HR; it is not intended for general managers who perform some HR-related duties but are not involved in HR as the main function of their job. The PHR designation is well-regarded among both employers and HR professionals.
The primary difference between the PHR and SPHR is the amount of experience and education required to qualify for the exam. Essentially, the SPHR is meant for HR professionals whose experience and education has prepared them for involvement in strategic-level policy and in partnering with organizational executives to integrate HR policies and objectives within the overall strategy of the organization.
The SHRM-CP designation is meant for individuals who perform general HR-related duties as a major function of their jobs (thus making it less restrictive than the PHR for who is eligible to apply). Although their certifications have not been around as longs as HRCI's, SHRM is highly respected as a comprehensive resource for HR professionals and their certifications therefore carry significant clout with both employers and HR professionals.
The PMP has long been considered the gold-standard in project management designations and it is designed for individuals with considerable experience and/or education related to managing projects.
The Agile and Scrum Master designations have become increasingly sought-after and their designations are offered by several organizations. However, given PMI's reputation, we selected their DASM designation for this list. An additional consideration was that there are no specific eligibility requirements to complete the course and take the exam.
The PMI-RMP designation is intended for individuals whose position has a significant focus on risk management, whether that be as a project manager, a C-suite executive, or in a specifically-designated risk manager position.
If you have had any significant involvement in process change or improvement, you have probably heard of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) principles. LSS is considered an industry standard for effecting purposeful change based on quantitive data and methodology. It is not a course meant for the faint-of-heart nor for those unwilling to spend a significant amount of time taking the courses and preparing for the exam. Depending on your level of experience and particular aims, you can gain LSS designation at several levels (Black Belt, Green Belt, and Yellow Belt). The Council for Six Sigma Certification is an excellent source for detailed information on LSS courses, exams, and preparation.
Offered through the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), the CPIM designation is designed for individuals whose positions require involvement in inventory management. While the process for becoming CPIM certified requires a significant investment of effort, time, and money, securing this well-regarded designation signals to employers and other members within the field of supply chain management that you have a level of knowledge and degree of commitment beyond the typical non-certified peer.
CSCP designation signals that an individual has comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the essential concepts, strategies, and technologies of modern supply chain management. Earning the CSCP designation is a significant investment of time, effort, and cost, but is well-regarded by industry leaders and other members of the supply chain management community.
According to ASCM, the CLTD designation demonstrates to employers and peers that the designee has "an in-depth understanding of how to streamline logistics, transportation and distribution, including order management, distribution inventory management and warehouse management."
According to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), "the CMPE credential is recognized as the professional standard in medical practice management — a unique identifier that can demonstrate your professional expertise and open new doors throughout the industry."
Individuals who earn the CMOM designation will have demonstrated they have the knowledge and understanding needed to motivate employees, meet medical practice financial objectives, and manage risk.
According to the PHACOM website, "the CMM Credential validates knowledge of the Nine Domains of Medical Practice Administration and recognizes the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to manage physician practices and ambulatory service centers in increasingly complex environments. CMMs work as critical links between providers, patients, staff and payers. The CMM is the only nationally accredited professional certification specific to practice management with focus on managers of solo provider and small group physician practices."
Unquestionably, the FACHE is the gold standard of healthcare executive designations and the time and effort needed to secure it is part of the reason why. Like all the certifications and designations on this list, this is no easy, automatic credential. However, the required prerequisites to even challenge for the designation far exceed any other designation on this list.
According to the NAHQ website, "the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) is the only accredited certification in healthcare quality," and is designed to "validate your knowledge of healthcare quality practices and competencies."
According to the ACI website: "[The CBME designation] program is a self-paced training and certification program on business management fundamentals, industry terms, and best practices. The CBME program is self-study and 100% online. Designed to provide you with a practical learning approach, the CBME covers project management, product and sales funnels, management of staff, and an overview of management tools, systems, and methods. Learn the art of combining ethics, leadership, and management to effectively achieve more."
Lastly, but certainly not least, is the MOS: Excel 2013 designation. We included it because we believe that an ability to operate within Excel is a skill that would be beneficial to most managers; but many managers are unaware of its usefulness because it is not usually fully revealed until one understands the variety of tracking and calculation capabilities Excel offers. The key to gaining this designation is finding a program that will prepare you for it. Such programs are offered at a variety of educational institutions, through private training vendors, and even through online courses. You will need to discover those on your own, but the basic requirements for the MOS: Excel 2013 can be found by clicking the button below.
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