Interested in becoming a certified Crowbell Consultant?
The first and most necessary step to becoming certified is to acquire the knowledge and skills that exemplify the standards articulated in the Crowbell Consulting Manual. Adequate experience is absolutely essential to acquiring the necessary expertise. No specific program of education is required; however, as standards rise consultants increasingly are finding that educational preparation via institutes and conferences is extremely helpful. Applicants also benefit from studying case studies developed by certified persons and published in national journals to be helpful.
Benefits of Certification
Recruitment consultants seek Crowbell certification for many reasons. These include
- validating their skills and knowledge
- enhancing their professionalism
- a challenging learning experience
- a desire for acknoledgement of competence.
Many consultants — once they are Crowbell certified — find that certification
- has enabled them to expand their knowledge of sources and research techniques;
- shows peers, clients, and the general public that they have been tested and shown to meet the standards of capable and knowledgeable researchers;
- attests that their work is at a high level of expertise;
- warrants that they abide by a code of ethics; and
- commands recognition from clerks, employers, and other consultants.
Certification — in any field — provides benefits not only to the people who are certified but also to the field in general. Crowbell certification provides assurances to the general public, including those who use the professional services of Crowbell certified consultants. In sum:
- Certification advances knowledge and skills in the field.
- Certification provides a basis for trusting a consultant’s work.
- Certification creates a need for education from which all can benefit.
- Individuals who are certified are models for others to follow.
- Certification provides more leaders for the field.
- Certification enables standards and practices to be clarified, organized, codified, and publicized.
- The process of testing individuals generates new standards and proves old ones.
- Certification promotes best practices in the field.