I’m really delighted to see my score on my last required exam to be certified as CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) by the renowned and reputable organization WorldatWork. This is my second certification – the previous one was GRP (Global Remuneration Professional) – and I admit that it really took a lot of time and hard work to get them.
When I was talking with my colleagues and friends about my study the whole year, I’ve been asked many times if it’s worth it or if I really require them.
First of all, I just want to highlight the famous quote of Allan Bloom:
Education is the movement from darkness to light.
That is I really care about and believe in. What I see in today’s world that it’s not the financial system nor the army or technological advancements, but the education system. If you really want a population regardless the scale, be it a nation, a group or just a team, develop and transform itself to adapt rapid changes of mankind, you need to have a robust education system. Afterwards, it has to be enhanced with the mindset of the people: Continuous, lifetime learning.
Back to the question of the requirement, I’ll be very political…
I do not have a clear answer, so: Yes and No.
- I’m 100% sure that you’ll have a basic foundation about the methodology and generally accepted updated practices.
- They give you a good point of view for the new era of HR: Being strategic business partner specialized in Total Rewards.
- It’s an accepted and respected certification, which will shine in your CV.
And No, because:
- Like all other certifications, nobody forces you to get one for a job. Many experts, gurus, VPs etc. don’t have such certifications. It won’t hurt your career advancement if you don’t get it.
- There’s a cost, eventually. That might be a burden for many people.
- It takes a lot of time and work (even if you’re a seasoned expert in Rewards area). I’m one of the fastest certified people especially in Middle East while working and it took almost one year for me to get both certifications.
So, I’m not going to do any advertisement for the certifications, especially after I also started having a volunteer participation in WorldatWork, but when I look at each of those 3 top reasons for both answers; I would choose the part “yes” and go for them.
I did and I’m going to do so… “because education matters.”