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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2013
When I came up with the idea to create a certification program and proposed it to my Company, it excited pretty much everyone. The challenge was of course to come up with a Business Plan to create it and convince the Senior Management about its benefits.
I started researching on this topic and the only useful resources I managed to find on internet were written by Tracey. That's when I decided to get this book and take a deeper dive in this subject.
This book has been immensely helpful to me. Its also probably the only on on this topic. Getting down to creating certifications is quite a challenge you need a mentor to guide you on the right path. And this book does exactly the same. You get to know so much about this subject, especially those areas which might go unnoticed during initial evaluation and planning.
I will recommend this to anyone who has been assigned this job of creating a certification program or who wants to understand this topic better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2014
I work on the Education team of a nonprofit dedicated to providing standards for use by publicly-listed corporations in the U.S. in disclosing material sustainability issues.We ordered this book after deciding to launch a professional certification program and coming across several of Tracey's blog posts.

It's been a marvelous resource for us. The chapters are well-organized and the lists and templates are concise yet comprehensive. I would highly recommend this book to anyone tasked with developing a certification program. Tracey's authority on the subject is obvious and leveraging her expertise on the matter provides a useful launching point for any organization looking to design such a program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
As the ED of a small nonprofit,I was tasked to design a certification program for a specific health care service. This book provides a good overview of the certification and recertification process, including resources needed, legal issues (extensive appendix on legal references), marketing etc. Even more valuable was the Job Aids appendix which provides a variety of planning templates and communication tools. I was able to use several of these tools and customize them to our project to help communicate the goals of the project to multiple clients - but even more importantly create a realistic plan that identifies variables I would have never thought of until "after the fact." My only regret is that the tools were not available electronically (Hint, Hint!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
I purchased this book back in 2010 on Amazon. I have referenced it time and time again for my professional responsibilities and for my doctoral classes. It is a tremendous resource, easy to read and apply and practical for the work-a-day corporate world. The job aids and the reference sections are two of my favorite parts of the book but that is not to speak poorly of the rest. It is just they are out of this world helpful.

If you are charged with crafting a corporate certification program read this book and apply the wisdom that Flynn offers. It is real world. I know I have practiced what she preaches and it works.

Thanks Tracey.

Warren E. Wyrostek, M.Ed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2011
I am tasked at creating a certification program for a technical work group. While I understand the technical aspects and the industry hierarchy fairly well, I had no knowledge of how to begin or execute a certification program. Ms Flynn's book is a great blueprint to understanding all the little steps and potential pitfalls for doing so. I find it informative, a relative easy read, and full of great practical advice. The author is very approachable and offered me great ideas on how to structure my work. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking help on creating a certification program - especially those that know for subject, but not the certification process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2013
Our Association is just starting to put together a certification program and I purchased this book as a reference guide. It is full of great information and easy to read. After reading the first six chapters I realize that we have missed some critical steps that I will now steer my committee to answering which will make their program a success. I recommend this book to any group considering a certification Program!Unlocking the Power of Certification: How to Develop Effective Certification Programs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
I am preparing a Certification program for a new and expanding technical field, needing to get ramped up quickly and show some results. This book has the content and direction to help get you started quickly and give you an overview of the topics you'll be most interested in addressing right up front. The Job Aids are printed in the book, but you can get them from the author for an additional fee. This book won't do the work for you, but it will certainly guide you in the right direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
Unlocking the Power of Certification: How to Develop Effective Certification Programs

Being a developer in a large behavioral health organization, certification always is an issue. Who certified? What does that mean? and so on. With this book I have been able to set up appropriate certifications with higher standards than most and make it beneficial for all who become certified and the certificate is recognized by other institutes. Thanks for the help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
As the Director of Training for our software company, I've been tasked with creating and implementing a certification program for 3rd party consultants in the use of our software and in our accepted business practices. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel the first time around, I came across this volume - and it's been great so far. I'll look forward to seeing how this work saves me time and effort in implementing this project!
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on March 12, 2013
I was tasked with designing a certification program at work and had no idea where to start. This book provides a broad overview of what components are necessary when undertaking the creation of a certification. I found the book to be incredibly helpful. It was of great assistance in formulating my thoughts and creating a realistic timeline for tackling the project.
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