I love all this discussion of certification..., even the 'sometimes' well worded and laughable reasons some folks give for not having earned the CRM certification. Some of the postings appear to be so...defensive.
I see nothing wrong with earning undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, AND the CRM certification. At one time, society applauded and encouraged advanced education and specific training and professional development. I still do.
One consistent message I hear from CRMs is that the most important benefit they received from certification is the knowledge gained and professional development experienced during the "study and testing journey" towards the certification. That it enabled them to be better RIM Professionals, bolstered their confidence, and made them more marketable.
When I was a candidate, a number of CRM colleagues told me that earning my certification would change my life. I nodded politely, but inside I scoffed. Yeah..., right.. I thought ! But, they were right; it has changed my life. A very positive change.
I would not have my current position without the CRM certification, and that is a fact. Period. End of story.
Best regards, Steve
Steven D. Whitaker, CRM
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