I often hear employees and candidates question the importance of certification in their area of expertise. Certification is a sign of expertise and knowledge in a specialized area and often recognized as a global standard. Certification is the natural evolution in an employee’s career and demonstrates a level of commitment to the field. It demonstrates professional growth and life-long learning both for one’s own benefit and for the benefit of their employer. Many roles require certification and a person with certification is often able to demand a higher salary. Above all, certification is a demonstrable commitment to a given profession.
At Apex, employee development is one of our core values. We support our employees in obtaining and maintaining their professional certifications. Many of our employees have their certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® including Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP)®. PMI® requires education credits along with experience prior to sitting for the exam. Obtaining and maintaining certification is not always easy – but it can be done. Apex offers a robust in-house training course to provide both the education credits and the knowledge to pass the exam. Employees are able to use their company-provided continuing education funds to pay for any needed books and the exam cost. With a high pass rate, most of our project managers are able attain certification on their first attempt. Apex also provides monthly training opportunities for the required professional development education our employees need to maintain their certification. As a company, Apex recognizes that a professional certification is truly a mark of excellence that others will respect.