Value of Certifications

Other than ability, experience and hard work, what does it take to be promoted today? According to a survey of chief financial officers, earning a professional designation such as the CPA can tip the scales in your favor.

The expanded roles accountants are assuming demand a broader understanding of business issues. Professionals who acquire industry-recognized certifications enhance their expertise in a number of diverse, critical areas.

Completing a certification program demonstrates to your employer (and prospective employers) that you have a lifelong commitment to your profession. These credentials also have potential financial returns; according to the Salary Guide from Robert Half International, candidates with a professional designation can earn a starting salary up to 10 percent above the market average.

For long-term job satisfaction, you’ll need more than monetary rewards alone, however. Flexing your intellectual muscles by keeping current on industry trends is equally valuable. Enhancing your expertise by obtaining an advanced certification will require hard work, but it also will bring tremendous value to your career.