The certification conundrum

Aaron Wolowiec

Whether it’s for prestige, a salary bump or a resume builder, people from all industries seek out certification programs. But the question is, should your association offer certification programs? It’s tempting to jump on the certification bandwagon but first, it’s important to conduct research. If your association needs a certification program to draw attendees, chances are, better content would do the trick. To certify or not to certify.

How to Motivate Certification Candidates

WBT Systems

The candidates for your association’s certification programs face the same challenges as CAE candidates: Finding time and money to earn the required continuing education credits. How can you motivate certification candidates and keep them on the credential path? WBT Systems will be exhibiting at the ICE Exchange and listening in on conversations about credentialing, but we thought we’d start one first here about motivating certification candidates.

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Get Member Thinking on Nondues Revenue Projects

Associations Now

The session resulted in 26 different nondues revenue projects that associations could invite members to participate in as a key partners. Some members might be eager to volunteer as thought leaders to create or curate supplemental education materials that can help members prepare for a professional certification exam. Have members helped lead you to new projects that generate nondues revenue?

Study: Certifications Lead To Higher Salaries and Greater Job Fulfillment

Associations Now

A new study found that a majority of professionals who completed an online certification course reported bumps in salary and job fulfillment—promising news for associations and their members. Earlier this year the HR Certification Institute launched a new professional certification for early-career human resource professionals. The findings, while somewhat self-interested given who conducted the survey, do highlight the value of certifications.

State Restaurant Group Backs Transgender Workplace Project

Associations Now

The California Restaurant Association put its support behind a member-launched project that helps to connect transgender people with jobs in the restaurant industry. The California Restaurant Association is backing a project started by one of its members that will help reduce the high rate of unemployment among the transgender community. CRA hopes to bring Mendelsohn the restaurant audience she needs to get the project moving. “If

Best Benefit Ever: Accreditation for e-Learning Projects

Associations Now

Members of the eLearning Industry Association can have their independent virtual learning projects reviewed and accredited. Thanks to a new benefit from the eLearning Industry Association in Australia, members can now receive course reviews of, and accreditation for, their e-learning projects. The categories of accreditation range from “basic certification of attendance to a thorough quality assurance.”

Ad Tech Hits the Lab: IAB Launches Skunkworks Project

Associations Now

The association’s strategy for funding the project is tied to its evolving membership. They’ll be among the projects researchers will be working on. Also on the agenda: improved certification for vendors in the industry. The post Ad Tech Hits the Lab: IAB Launches Skunkworks Project appeared first on Associations Now Fighting Bad Elements In addition to focusing on innovation, IAB is also working to weed out the bad eggs.

Squeezing Non-Dues Revenue Out of Your AMS

AssociationChat

Until after four months of trying (it can be a big project with a lot of hidden surprises) they realized that the replacement system had its own warts. Certification exam charges after the AMS auto-reminds of upcoming credential expirations.

Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

From do-it-yourself projects to professional development, Americans want to learn, the report found. Perhaps of special interest to associations, 36 percent of the workforce sought education for a license or certification. Filed under: Associations , Learning , Professional Development Tagged: certification , conventions , Learning , lifelong learners , MOOC , Pew Research Center , Professional Development , report , study , technology.

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Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

From do-it-yourself projects to professional development, Americans want to learn, the report found. Perhaps of special interest to associations, 36 percent of the workforce sought education for a license or certification. Filed under: Associations , Learning , Professional Development Tagged: certification , conventions , Learning , lifelong learners , MOOC , Pew Research Center , Professional Development , report , study , technology.

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Recruiting members. and keeping them

Association Adviser

Deepen members’ engagement by personally inviting them to work with project-specific committees or on your board. Support member certification. For those industries and professions with accreditation or certification, provide support to your members pursuing this avenue. Even providing a way for those preparing for certification to connect with each other will provide the support your members need. Julie Frey, APR, CPRC.

OpenBadges: Increasing Visibility of Association Education

WBT Systems

There has been much discussion lately about the value of digital badges for both association education and certification programs. This blog notes that “more than 90 percent of educational institutions are offering credentials and digital badges, in part, to serve their millennial students, who favor badging and certificates to traditional degrees”. We are proud to be contributing to the open source innovation in digital badges through the OpenBadges project.

How to Promote the Value of Credentials to Individuals & Employers

Membersuite

When you can elevate the perception of value and/or the prestige of your certification, you’ll increase individual and employer demand for it. As a result, three out of four job posts now express that the certification is a factor in hiring consideration.”.

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Using Digital Credentials to Close the Skills Gap: Webinar

WBT Systems

She excels at solving clients’ exact business and education challenges and managing complex implementation projects for the company’s largest clients. Associations Certifications eLearning Tips Events General association Association LMS Digital Badges learning management system LMS Online education tips OpenBadges WBT Systems webinarToday’s workforce is caught in a relentless skills gap that grows wider each year.

How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

WBT Systems

Digital Badges are a part of these changes and are set to make a big impact on education and certification programs in 2017. Diplomas, degrees, certification, and skills quickly lose their relevance and become obsolete. This article looks at the Badge Design Canvas produced and provided by digitalme , a not-for-profit organisation funded by foundations and through project design and delivery.

Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

Prior to the digital revolution, these credentials were called certificates of completion. Unlike a paper-based certification, a digital badge is embedded with relevant “ metadata ” such as the badge title, description, date earned, issuer, recipient, expiration date and even specific details about the work submitted by the recipient. Badges recognize program and certificate completion, with badge color based on skill level.

Learning Management Systems for Associations: The Essentials

WBT Systems

What are the basic elements an LMS for Associations must have to deliver effective, engaging member education and certification programs, while also simplifying the delivery of learning for administrators? Collaboration can also be made an integral part of the learning experience in online or offline courses by introducing a group project as part of the assessment process. Manage Complex Continuing Education Credits and Certification.

Should Associations Care About Blockchain?

Spark Consulting

Blockchain for Dummies offers some qualifying questions when you’re trying to figure out whether blockchain is an appropriate solution for your association and for which projects: Do we need to track transactions that involve more than two parties? Or an industrial refrigeration technician certification (they’re the nice folks who keep our food supply chain operating, and they work with ammonia-based refrigeration systems that, if things go wrong, can kill people)?

Association Brain Food: 5.20.22

Reid All About it

MemberSuite recounts the value of certifications and certificate programs to the individual and their employer. Much is uncertain, but current projections can help. The best part about this project?

Membership Q&A: Networking Events

Spark Consulting

I’ve participated in – or seen – all kinds of successful (and unsuccessful) networking events: formal presentations with networking time either around a meal or not, peer-to-peer sharing roundtable discussions either around a meal or not, chat-everyone-up networking events with or without booze, activities (traditional, like golf or less traditional, like bowling), ball games, group service projects, dance parties.

Solve Your Member Engagement Problem to Solve Your Acquisition Problem

Smooth The Path

Except,” you might be thinking, “except for associations that offer valuable certifications.” Our members want the certification and the designation. Projects managers get their PMI. These certifications are synonymous with the profession and synonymous with our association. Everyone knows, about these certifications we think. Except new members can still trace back who told them about the certification.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.11.21

Reid All About it

Billhighway talked with Peter Houstle of Mariner Management and Christi Beatty of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) who are working together on AGC’s chapter benchmarking project. Julie Ho, CMM, Manager, Live Learning & Event Operations of Project Management Institute.

Your Four Most Asked Questions Answered

Moery Company

The easiest thing to deliver right now may be education or certification; you may want to loosen your membership requirements there, especially for jobs where people must be on site and they could be doing nothing right now at their homes. A long-term client has to pull the plug on a project.

Expert Guidance on Choosing New Association Technology

Membersuite

Everyone on the project team must understand the software’s goals and requirements. For example, you could finally offer certification programs or automate marketing. Ryan said selection and implementation is more than a technology project, it’s a partnership.

The New Normal

Moving through the Association World

Membership is way up, nearly twice what we projected during budgeting. 2012 Advice Membership Staffing Volunteers Work Associations Certification Joseph Sapp Leadership marketing membership success volunteers2012 has been off to a fast start. With my organization’s exam at the end of March and our Annual Meeting in Mid-April it makes the start of the year feel like a sprint to get through the first quarter.

Strategies for driving non-dues revenue for your association

Nimble AMS

You can sell multiple items to your members – everything from events to subscriptions to branded merchandise to training and certification courses. Project future fundraising results ?by Invest in your training and certification programs.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.18.21

Reid All About it

Facilitator: Anuja Miner, Project Management | Association Executive | Membership Executive | Account Director | Fridays@4 Member. Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.22.20

Reid All About it

Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. This project you’re working on, the new business or offering, what sort of value does it create? It’s what we do: we build organizations and projects that create value.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.17.21

Reid All About it

Ask the experts you’re working with (especially on big projects) the stupid, obvious questions you’re worried about asking. Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.5.21

Reid All About it

Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. Website Redesign and Management: Straight Talk and Things to Know Before Starting Your Next Project. Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, CAE, CEO, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Executive Connections: Shine in '09

Executive Connections

The latest Alignment Project research confirms what we have all known for some time:  continuous learning is a highly valued attribute for the information professional. The free programming encompasses all non-certificate online courses that are part of SLA's Click University, including programs such as Click U twice-monthly Webinars  and replays and the SLA Online Libraries. Executive Connections. « Bits and Pieces | Main.

What artificial intelligence and predictive analytics can do for your association

Nimble AMS

by predicting which members are most likely to register for a specific course or certificate program so you can better target your educational content. Project future fundraising results by predicting which members will donate and how much they will give. .

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.26.21

Reid All About it

Sigh, another self-improvement project—almost complete. Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. Website Redesign and Management: Straight Talk and Things to Know Before Starting Your Next Project.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.11.20

Reid All About it

Project management basics. I bet many of you once found yourself in a project manager role without the benefit of project management experience or training. Achurch Consulting removes some of the mystery by sharing project management basics for AMS implementation projects.

See the ROI of a Powerful Association Management Software

GrowthZone

Continuing Education that will help you grow with the explosion of online education offerings, member interest in certification, accreditation, credit tracking, and LMS Integration.

What is gamificiation, and how can associations use it best?

Association Success

In an age of instant gratification and immediate payoffs, time-consuming certification courses can often become a mundane aspect of membership. Think of new ways that you can implement gamification in your conferences, meetings and even employee projects.

40+ Helpful Events Resources for Association Execs and EventProfs

AssociationChat

We became friends in the early days of Twitter and through an innovative project called EventCamp that witnessed us meeting with other creative types in the meetings world to create and participate in unique experiences all over North America.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.6.21

Reid All About it

Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. AWTC Salon: Degrees, Certifications, and Your Career. Participate in an interactive discussion about the value of advanced degrees and certifications.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.18.20

Reid All About it

That’s why it’s a good time for your association to promote your certificate, microcredential and certification programs. Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. Matt Hughes, Projection AV.

How to get started with artificial intelligence and predictive analytics for your association

Nimble AMS

Trying a few smaller projects is a great way to get started. For example, u se predictive analytics to determine which members are most likely to attend a particular course or certification that your organization offers. Your first few projects might not be perfect, and that’s ok.

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