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Credentials are everywhere. Many recognize the major ones, such as CPA or PhD. Yet, there are thousands of other credentials for every skill or area of expertise imaginable. These niche certifications can become confusing since the same letters can designate vastly different areas or can pretend to reflect the same level of expertise while not having the same rigor for how they are awarded.
An example of confusion is CSCM which, depending on your perspective, can be:
- Certified Supply Chain Manger
- Certified Schedules Contract Manager
- Certified Special Care Manager
- Certified Senior Care Manager
You get the point, what is someone who has CSCM after their name?
The other challenge is the lack of standardization in what it takes to earn the credential. One class for Six Sigma Green Belts will teach you how to lead a six sigma project in 30 seconds. A claim so outlandish it makes me want to laugh. The same firm will make you a Six Sigma Black Belt in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Given the alphabet soup of letters, and the lack of standards, many questions come to mind:
- What skills were learned?
- What competencies does the holder possess?
- What occurred in earning the certification?
- Where will certification lead the holder?
FortunatBeyond the potential employee, who is the organization, which provides the training and awarded the certification? Hopefully, the educational process required rigor with substantial testing in place to verify knowledge. The organization needs to have a track record of contributing to industry advancement and not act as a certification mill focused solely on making money. There is nothing wrong with making money. It just needs to be earned. xxx
See: LinkedIn profile
Supplier Relationship Management: Unlocking the Hidden Value in Your Supply Base by Jonathan O’Brien.