Certifications are not recognitions or a certificate of completion of some course you took online.
No, certification is everything it implies, time in the profession, recognized leader, and oh by the way, yes, you must pass a test just like a lawyer or accountant.
Well in the chamber and association management field we have three:
- CCE - Certified Chamber Executive
- CAE - Certified Association Executive
- CEcD - Certified Economic Developer
And yes, they are worth your time and effort.
It basically makes the statement that you believe in the industry you work in and you have made the commitment to obtain the highest honor your professional society places on that sector.
Like anything worth doing, you need to take the time and effort to go through the process.
For more details on these certifications from the three professional societies that administer the programs:
To borrow a tagline from Nike, Just Do It!