How Certification Training Advances Your Medical Career
When you're looking for jobs, the more skills you have to offer, the more job opportunities open up.
You don't necessarily need a degree, either.
Healthcare certifications are a great example. The medical field is always changing, which means healthcare professionals must stay on top of industry advancements. Certifications require you to learn, study, and take exams to prove your knowledge.
Some employers may also require workers be certified prior to hiring or immediately after hiring. When you’re head-to-head in the interview process with another qualified candidate, if you’re certified, a healthcare certification adds extra weight to your experience and credibility.
Plus, certifications are a lot shorter time commitment than degrees.
Here’s a look at why and how healthcare certification training can advance your medical career:
Validates Your Skills
A certification shows you have a specific skill set in an occupation, industry, or technology. Since you have to study and pass a national exam, a certification proves you know your industry well. There’s no faking it until you make it — you already know the terminology, processes, and applications. Plus, when you stay updated on your certifications, it shows employers you’re enthusiastic about learning all you can about the industry.
Buffs Up Your Resume
Sometimes employers have two qualified candidates to fill a position. Even after several lengthy interviews, they may have a hard time deciding between candidates. Healthcare certifications paired with years of experience adds weight to your qualifications and can help you stand out among competition.
Boosts Pay Opportunity
Certification means you have the potential for higher earning power. For example, a Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) survey found certified dental assistants earned over $2 more an hour than non-certified assistants. When you have more knowledge and skills, you can ask for a higher salary upon hiring. Additionally, before you ask for a raise, get certified. It will bump up your negotiation leverage.
Stay on Top of Industry Trends With Certification
To stay relevant and offer the best possible patient care, you will be required to recertify.
Most healthcare certifications are valid for two years. Some healthcare professions — like dental assistants — are required to recertify every year. Additionally, you’ll be learning new skills all the time while on the job.
Depending on which healthcare association you go through, you may be able to take continuing education courses throughout the year to go toward your recertification process.
To keep the process as simple as possible, learn on the job, read about trends in your industry’s trade publications, and continue education when possible.