In the context of the current global economy and increasing competitiveness, enterprises are demanding more and more professionals with updated knowledge, skills and competences. Market globalization also reveals the need of the harmonization of professional profiles, allowing professionals from different countries move abroad to develop their career. In order to satisfy the aforementioned needs professional certification arises as a tool of great importance.
Professional certification is a process in which a person proves that he or she has the knowledge, skills and competencies to perform a specific job or task. It has a two-fold objective:
- Provide employers with a trust element on the employee’s competencies.
- Guarantee professionals (employees) an independent endorsement which validates the possession of the competences established in a structured and impartial certification scheme.
It has the following benefits for the applicant:
- It is a demonstration of professional commitment to lifelong learning and excelling as a food professional.
- It can provide a pathway or framework for an individual’s professional development, or can open new doors in the work environment.
- Enables better job performance.
- It is a complement to work experience and helps differentiating from other job candidates.
- He/she may find positions easier to obtain, and may increase their earnings.
- Increases recognition by peers, employers, and recruiters.
And for the employer:
- It is a mean of verification that a credentialed employee has acquired the qualifications to competently perform their duties.
- It is a way to assess the training needs of employees as well as program their future training activities.
- It is an incentive for employees training, since it provides professional recognition.
- Differentiates between hiring candidates.
- Properly training employees leads to direct, measurable bottom-line benefits.