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6 Online Certifications to Help Advance Your Career

Here are some popular certifications you can get online to help advance your career:

1. Project Management Professional;

2. Society of Human Resources Management Certifications;

3. Leadership and Management Certificate;

4. Certified Professional Sales Person (CPSP);

5. CompTIA certifications;

6. Salesforce certifications.

1. Project Management Professional.

A PMP certification can help you advance your career as it reflects your level of education, skill and persistence. It’s also ideal because it isn’t just limited to one industry. It can apply in healthcare, publishing, information services. professional services, construction, finance and insurance.

This certification is offered by the Project Management Institute and includes prerequisites, such as, a high school diploma, hours of leading projects and 35 hours of project management education.

To obtain this certification, candidates must organize their work experience on the application. and pass a multiple-choice exam, which is now available online. You must earn 60 professional development units every three years to maintain the certification.

2. Society of Human Resources Management Certifications.

The Society of Human Resources Management offers two exams you can obtain online from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional and SMRH Senior Certified Professional are both effective on June 1


each year. Both of these certifications can help to advance your career. An HR certification demonstrates to employers that you are knowledgeable and skilled in organizational structure. Through these certifications, candidates may find they have a higher earning potential. And better career opportunities, whether they pursue a career in HR or not.

3. Leadership and Management Certificate.

A leadership and management certification can make you more competitive for new jobs. increase your earning potential and position you for promotions within your current company. This certification includes learning on topics such as strategic decision making, motivating people for high performance, coaching skills for leaders and leading collaborative teams.

Wharton Online (University of Pennsylvania) offers a 100% online certificate program in leadership. and management course which you can complete in 4-6 weeks.

4. Certified Professional Sales Person (CPSP).

While not appropriate for every position, candidates for sales positions can stand out by becoming a certified professional sales person. This demonstrates competence in a well-known sales philosophy. And that the holder has learned from an expert how to improve their sales abilities.

The National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP). offers a six-week online training course available to those interested in advancing their sales profession.

5. Comp TIA Core Certifications.

If you’re seeking an entry-level or associate-level position like a help desk role, analyst certifications like the Comp TIA A+ or Network+ certifications can help your resume stand out. Both examinations are offered online and plenty of resources are available from various IT online communities. The A+ certification is designed to certify the competency of entry-level computer service professionals. verifying that they can maintain, customize and operate personal computers. The Network+ certification is a mid-level certification for network technicians. that verifies their ability to install, maintain and troubleshoot a network. It also certifies their abilities to understand different networking technologies.

6. Salesforce Certifications:

Many departments, from marketing to sales, rely on the Salesforce software as their customer relationship management platform. A candidate who is certified on the Salesforce platform can more quickly assimilate into an organization that uses it, allowing for less training and more rapid onboarding. Salesforce offers multiple certifications based on your role that you can prepare for online and obtain through a virtual proctored exam. If you are pursuing a role in sales, marketing or customer service, this is a great software certification to consider.

Here are some suggestions to help you decide which certification is right for you:

Talk to your employer: If you’re considering pursuing a certification but are unsure of which will best support your career goals and advancement. They may have some suggestions for certifications that would give you the necessary skills to enhance your resume or even position you for a promotion. Your company may even be willing to pay⁠—or provide a partial refund⁠—for a certification program. Especially if it’s related to your current job.

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