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Choosing an allied health certification provider is a decision that should be made carefully and with intention. As you research your options, use these seven criteria to give you a clear picture of which provider may be best for you.

1. Accreditation

Certifications should be recognized and respected by an accrediting body, not just a certificate of program completion. Look for the stamp of approval from a national accreditor such as The National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA). It sets standards to ensure that certification programs and their exams meet national industry expectations.

2. Industry Advocacy

Your provider should advocate for the industry and the professionals working in it. They can regularly help communicate the value of certification with US regulatory and legislative bodies, as well as connect employers with qualified candidates.

3. Accessibility

Your certification partner should understand the challenges of today's students and job seekers. Look for a provider who allows testing on campus, at work, or at a nearby testing center.

4. Customer Service

Search for a company that you can trust, and one who offers consultation with every interaction. You deserve personal service.

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5. Supporting Exam Preparation

Your certification partner should be dedicated to continuously elevating the learning experience by performing industry research, and evolving their tools to meet the needs of today's learner. Look for exam study resources that offer self-paced learning and real-world application of job tasks and concepts. Also look for practice tests to help you prepare and build your confidence for the nationally accredited certification exam.

6. Analytic Support

We live in the age of data, so your certification company should be able to provide you with insights to improve learning and performance. Look for personal remediation tools and reporting from your provider that can direct you back to concepts on the test plan you still need to master.

7. Multiple Credentialing Opportunities

Look for a partner who can help "stack" credentials, or earn more than one certification to validate an expanded skill set. But once again, make sure each certification has earned national accreditation.

It's easier to succeed when you have a whole organization in your corner. For more help, download our Selecting the Right Certification Provider, printable comparison tool.

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