As part of its mission to enhance knowledge of standards and standardization, The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) has established a certification program to recognize person's who have demonstrated a high degree of professional competence in different areas of standards.
SES offers two levels of certification: (1) "AStd" is an entry level that demonstrates a fundamental knowledge of standards and application, and (2) "CStd" is a standards professional certification that demonstrates a thorough, more sophisticated knowledge of the principles, techniques and effects of standardization and recognizes a persons experience, expertise and contributions in the area of standards. The "CStd" level offers four specific interest categories: standards development, standards application, standards management, and standards information.
A person may be certified in either one of these categories and is entitled to use the AStd or CStd designation as appropriate in personnel records, resumes, letterheads, business cards, etc. to signify peer recognition of professional competence in the field of standards and standardization.
SES certification benefits include:
· Evidence to employers that the individual has attained competence in the standards profession
· A credential for use in seeking position or advancement
· A criterion for employers to use for selection and advancement in standardization
· Incentive for professional self development
· A means to increase and enhance acceptance of the standards profession
The first step to certification is the application form that identifies who you are and which of the two levels you wish to become certified. You also must agree to abide by the SES Code of Ethics .
The second step is completing and submitting the Personal Data Form. This form documents your education, achievements, and experience in the standards business. There are minimum points required and the form lets you determine where your strengths and weaknesses are and provides a measure of your readiness for taking the certification exam.
The third step is successful completion of the certification examination.
A fourth step, exclusive to the CStd certification, is a paper on standards or standardization.
Once you have successfully completed all of the requirements, the certification is valid for five years. To find out more about the program consult the Certification Program Booklet (.pdf format) online. If you require further information, please contact us.
For a list of individuals currently certified, click here.