Top 10 Reasons Students Should Earn Industry Certifications

At iCEV, we are passionate about preparing individuals for the future. One of the ways we help train the future workforce is by hosting industry certifications on our testing platform. Regardless of what platform the certification is earned on, industry certifications offer value to a variety of groups including students, professionals, schools and businesses. In this week’s blog post, we will discuss the top 10 reasons students should earn an industry certification. Whether the student is in high school, college or any formal education setting, earning an industry certification can have several positive effects on an individual’s education and career path.

#1 Prepares Students for the Future

It’s never too early to plan for the future. Whether a student is planning to enter some form of post-secondary education or directly enter the workforce following high school, earning an industry certification can prepare a student for whatever educational or career path they choose. Because they are more qualified and prepared for the demands of the industry, students who earn certifications are more likely to perform better in the classroom or workplace. By earning an industry certification, students are setting themselves up for educational and career success.  Those who earn certifications are more likely to earn more professional credentials, advance more quickly in their careers and earn higher salaries than those without an industry certification. Learn more about the value of industry certifications in this report.

#2 Real-World Industry Applications

The knowledge and skills tested for in an industry certification exam are based on real-world industry needs. Because the certification exam and materials are developed by leaders in the certifying industry, students, teachers and potential employers can be assured the knowledge and skills tested for in the exam are relevant and applicable to the industry. Read this case study to learn how one North Carolina high school is using certifications to prepare students to enter the veterinary medicine industry. 


#3 Increases Opportunities for Employment

Not only can earning an industry certification help a student attain a long-term career in their desired field, it can also help a student gain employment experience during their educational career. Having an industry certification can help a student find part-time employment while they are still in school, and because they have a certification pertinent to a specific field or industry, they are more likely to find a position that is relevant to their future career goals. Learn how earning industry certifications are leading to employment opportunities for Kentucky high school students in this case study.

#4 Validates Knowledge and Skills

An industry certification verifies a student possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a specific area or field. The standards and topics addressed in an industry certification exam are established and verified by industry leaders and potential employers and other interested parties can be assured the student has mastered the industry standards tested for in the certification exam.

#5 Leads to High Levels of Student Engagement

Studies have shown students who earn industry certifications are more engaged in the learning process. Students with industry certifications are more likely to achieve higher GPAs, enroll in dual credit or advanced placement classes and earn a high school diploma. Industry certification earners have also been shown to have higher attendance rates and receive lower accounts of disciplinary actions. Read this report from the Florida Department of Education to learn more about the correlation between industry certification and high school student engagement.

#6 Demonstrates Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills

Not only must a student possess industry-related knowledge and skills to earn an industry certification, they must also possess soft skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving. To be successful in both personal and professional settings, students must be able to combine technical skills with soft skills. An industry certification verifies a student has mastered technical knowledge and skill, as well as demonstrating soft skills critical to long-term success. Learn more about the importance of soft skills in the modern workplace in this article.

#7 Displays Student’s Drive and Grit

It is no easy task to earn an industry certification. Because an industry certification must verify an individual’s knowledge and skills, the exam must be rigorous and present a serious but manageable challenge. To successfully earn an industry certification, a student must be willing to persevere in the face of difficulty. This determination and grit will benefit the student during the certifying process, as well as throughout their personal and professional lives. Read this article to learn more about the importance of developing students’ grit.

#8 Exhibits Student’s Passion for Industry

Earning an industry certification demonstrates a student is passionate about the career field and willing to put in the time and effort it takes to achieve success. Employers and other interested groups, such as scholarship, grant or loan committees, can observe the student is willing to go the extra mile to be successful in their chosen field. The hard and soft skills a student has demonstrated by earning an industry certification will be an indicator to others the student is committed to the industry.

#9 Fulfills Graduation Requirements

While each state has a different way of measuring career readiness in high school students, some states require students to earn an industry certification as part of meeting high school graduation requirements. For example, in Kentucky, students can earn an industry certification to fulfill the requirements of the Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessment (KOSSA).

#10 Higher Earning Potential

Earning an industry certification has been proven to increase earner’s salaries, some as high as 20 to 40 percent. A student who has earned an industry certification is more likely to earn a higher wage than a peer who does not have an industry certification and is more likely to have higher earning potential throughout their professional career compared to someone who never earned an industry certification. Learn more about the impact industry certifications have on salaries in this report.

Earning an industry certification gives a student a head start on their educational and professional career. A student who earns an industry certification is more likely to achieve success, both academically and professionally. Visit our website to learn more about the value of industry certifications and the 16 certifications available on the iCEV testing platform.


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