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Certifications

Certifications—awards earned by workers who pass certain industry- or occupation-specific exams—can be valuable sources of information for employers.

As an employer, certifications can help you:

  • Identify job candidates who demonstrate the skills and knowledge you need
  • Develop employees’ knowledge in new areas
  • Maintain your competitive edge through industry certifications such as LEAN
  • Connect to certifying organizations for professional development

Note that certifications are offered by third-party organizations. Workers voluntarily undertake to learn the required skills and knowledge, and then enroll to take the exam.

To the business community, certifications provide verification of skill or knowledge attainment based on generally accepted skill standards for an occupation.

Find certification programs in your area

Research certifications in your industry or field with the CareerOneStop Certification Finder.

Need help with certifications or other workforce training issue? Contact your local American Job Center to connect with a Business Services Representative or other resources that can help.

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