Understand Your Options  

Which is better: Certification or certificates? A degree or a certification?

Determining whether or not to pursue a degree, a certificate, or certification is tricky.

The reasons why individuals seek out one versus another are not clear cut, so consider the following:

A degree is expected to develop someone intellectually and cover the general knowledge required for a particular field.

A Certificate focuses on acquiring specific knowledge and skills during a learning event and has no testing requirement.

Certification focuses on testing and providing evidence that usually signifies someone has required knowledge, experience, and has met predetermined standards to practice in the field.

The best choice depends on your goals and objectives, and your employers’ needs. Sometimes one or a combination of options is the best solution.

Ultimately, the ideal path depends on your given situation and as well as the amount of time, energy, and money you have to spend on its pursuit.

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