Why Should You Earn a Professional Certification (Like the SolarWinds Certified Professional Certifications)?

It isn't uncommon to question “WHY?” when faced with something new. This something new can range from an experience to earning a professional certification.

And after researching, we've compiled a list of reasons to earn a professional certification.

With certifications, you earn more.
Professionals with certifications earn more than their counterparts without one. The more credentials, the higher the salary. “Five Reasons Why You Should Get A Certification Now, 2021,” Skillsoft. (Published July 2021, Accessed November 2022). Certifications from various fields (cross-certification) yield even more.

The quality of your work improves.
Professionals say that the quality of their work improved after obtaining certifications. The acquired knowledge can often be used directly in the workplace, tasks are performed more efficiently and effectively, and fewer mistakes are made.

Certification validates your knowledge.
Certification shows you have a certain level of knowledge and have not only done the training but genuinely understand the material and can apply it correctly—all demonstrated by an independent party. Such certifications can be helpful if you’re going to negotiate your salary or want to be considered for a promotion. Certifications also ensure that your resume is an eye-catcher for a dream employer. Knowledge is power.

You discover where you stand.
You often gain knowledge and experience performing your job, and it's helpful to see 'where you stand' with the help of a certification process, not only for the outside world but also for yourself. It boosts confidence too. Additionally, you discover which knowledge or skills you lack and can acquire by simply attending training. You may want to know more about a specific technology or take a detour and explore a different area. It's also nice to discover how far you can go.

A certification boosts your career.
Having certifications shows you’re willing to invest in your development, are interested in new technological developments, and are driven and motivated. This can have beneficial consequences for your career. Your career prospects can increase with every new certification. Certification can help ensure you receive more responsibility, a promotion, or an increased salary.

It's a competitive advantage.
When you have the training your competition doesn’t have, it sets you apart. Certifications can differentiate you from other professionals in your field, showing you have a demonstrated commitment to understanding and excelling in your profession. This can give you an advantage, which is particularly important in today's competitive market. Stay on top of trends and learn how to use that new software or social platform before it becomes a household name.

Boosts your efficiency.
Professional certifications can also help give your independent business a solid foundation. The advanced training, information, and knowledge gained from specialized coursework can provide you with up-to-date tools and technical strategies to guide and direct you in the execution of your projects, allowing you to manage all aspects of your work more effectively.

Increases earning potential.
The time and effort invested in professional certifications often result in increased income. Most clients will understand the higher costs associated with specialized training and are willing to pay for consultants who have industry certifications. For example, Project Management Professional (PMP ) certification recipients report median salaries 26% higher than those who aren't PMP-certified.   “Five Benefits of Professional Certifications, 2021,” MBO Partners. (Published April 2021, Accessed November 2022).

Grows knowledge and skills.
By acquiring new and updated industry information or techniques, you can hone current work habits, possibly causing inefficiencies or quality issues with your output while increasing your competencies. This can help give you the skills and confidence to try something new such as establishing the groundwork to implement a more sophisticated working environment for your consultancy.

Establishes professional credibility.SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP)
There are an increasing number of companies, non-profits, and government organizations who, when working with independent consultants, want (or may be required) to engage those who have specific certifications from recognized programs. Certification demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continued learning. These merits can help boost your professional credibility and prestige within your network, with your current clients, and when pursuing new business opportunities or bidding on projects.

Certifications are often a worthwhile investment because of the many advantages they can provide throughout your career. As you move forward and your business evolves, keep your certifications up to date to continue to realize these benefits. And be on your website, marketplace, and professional social media sites. Upon successfully passing an SCP exam, SolarWinds issues users a BadgeCert digital badge and certificate, which can be securely shared and verified by employers via the BadgeCert website.

Learn how to get your SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP) credential today!

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