Certification Design Frameworks

By Tracey M. Flynn

The design of a certification program’s requirements is usually based on our frame of reference from the industry in which we are most familiar or on our education experience.

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Is Partner Certification a Carrot, or a Stick Proposition?

By Tracey M. Flynn

Do you think of certification requirements for your partners as a carrot, or a stick proposition? Requiring product or service certification from your partners doesn’t have to be viewed either as a case for wooing them with easy exams, or penalties for non-compliance with the risk of losing sales.

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What’s Your Certification Program’s Shelf Life?

By Tracey M. Flynn

I believe that some organizations and companies have gotten into a rut and only require updates to their certifications because they default to the way they’ve always done it.

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Is there a Certification Police?

By Tracey M. Flynn

You may be surprised to know that there is no singular agency dedicated to actively policing certifications. Anyone can create a program and call it certification when it really may just be a certificate of completion, or someone who offers a test that is neither valid nor reliable.

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Digital Badging is Next Generation Certification

By Tracey M. Flynn

I recently finished a great MOOC course on the role of badges as a new currency of exchange for high value, post-secondary credentials for professionals.

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What Certification Can Learn From The Khan Academy

By Tracey M. Flynn

Who knew testing would be all the rage with this generation?

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Would You Invest in Your Certification Program as it Stands Now?

By Tracey M. Flynn

Do you have a great new product or service that’s right for certification? Then imagine your program on ABC television show, “Shark Tank”.

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Certification’s Marriage between Development and Marketing

By Tracey M. Flynn

Do you think about your certification program as a marriage between development and marketing resources? Developing a solid certification program alone is not enough to sustain your program. Everyone needs a partnership in some aspect of their life, in this case a marketing strategy to ensure your certification program’s continued success.

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Leveraging Certification to Update HR Tools

By Tracey M. Flynn

Do you use your certification program to update your human resource tools? If you don’t, you’re not alone as many consider certification and its many deliverables as an isolated program.

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Scaling My Certification Program

By Tracey M. Flynn

What does it mean to you when you say you need to make your program scalable? In general, scalability means to be able to handle a large increase in users, workload or transactions without undue strain.

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