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The NCRW Certification Process

Preparing for and passing the NCRW certification exam associates you with The NRWA’s standards of résumé 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 Style Guide from the Members’ Portal (member login required) to complement your previous résumé training. 

The NCRW Certification Commission is made up of volunteers who are committed to promoting the highest standards of résumé excellence. Combined, they bring more than 100 years of résumé 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 résumé writing, cover letter composition, proofreading, and electronic résumé 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
  • Kimberly Isaacs
  • Kathy Keshemberg
  • Cheryl Minnick
  • Michelle Swanson

The National Résumé Writers' Association
P.O. Box 482, Collingswood, NJ 08108

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