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The NCRW Certification Process

Preparing for and passing the Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) exam associates you with the NRWA’s standards of resume excellence, which reflect sales-focused, relevant, succinct career search documents that are quality-oriented and visually appealing.  

To make preparing for the exam as easy as possible, you can download and study The NCRW Study Guide from the Members’ Portal (member login required) to complement your previous resume training. 

The NCRW Certification Commission is made up of volunteers who are committed to promoting the highest standards of resume excellence. Combined, they bring more than 100 years of resume writing experience to the NCRW program.

Professionals who are considering beginning the certification process are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of two years’ experience in résumé writing, although no amount of experience is required to submit your sample and receive feedback. 

The education earned in studying for this exam is, in itself, a valuable asset to your career. The exam process is comprehensive and covers various aspects of resume writing, cover letter composition, proofreading, and electronic resume preparation. 


Membership ($175)  |  Writing Sample Review ($75) 
Continuing Education   |  Exam Registration ($250)

Advisory Board

  • Sally McIntosh (Chair)
  • Michelle Dumas
  • Judy Friedler
  • Kimberly Isaacs
  • Pat Kendall

Certification Commission

  • Norine Dagliano
  • Nelly Grinfeld
  • Kimberly Isaacs
  • Kathy Keshemberg
  • Cheryl Minnick
  • Ellen Steverson
  • Michelle Swanson

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