Certification Options for Resume Writers
The NRWA offers two certifications for resume writers.
Nationally Certified Resume Writers must first prove their seniority in and commitment to the resume-writing industry by presenting the certification commission with evidence of recent training and development. Once these continuing education (CE) units are accounted for, applicants are invited to submit their best resume and cover letter sample for approval to take the examination. Writers who fall short of the NCRW standards are required to seek one or more avenues for professional development before they resubmit.
When ready, applicants take part in a rigorous two-part exam administered by the National Resume Writers' Association (NRWA). Our exam, like our pre-qualifying process, is the most challenging in the industry. The only way a writer can earn the NCRW certification is by demonstrating a high level of expertise in resume strategy, business writing, grammar and punctuation, proofreading, and electronic resume preparation.
Upon receiving their credential, NCRWs have proven themselves several times over to be the best in their field–a consummate professional dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the business. Subsequently, NCRWs are required to acquire CEUs annually to maintain their certification which keeps them on the cutting edge of this ever-changing industry.
Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE) writers and coaches must complete a rigorous five-week training program and pass an end-of-course exam to show their expertise in crafting branded, engaging, conversational, value-based LinkedIn profiles, and display their understanding of the role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and the role LinkedIn plays, in today’s job hunt, career marketing, and social recruiting.
In addition, they must display LinkedIn Recruiter proficiency – the platform used by a majority of recruiters to find and vet talent. Last but not least, NCOPE-certified writers and coaches must show they understand best practices to find, build and nurture networks online, and how to leverage LinkedIn’s network power and settings as part of job search.
NCOPE certified writers and coaches must complete annual renewal training to ensure they are up-to-speed on LinkedIn’s rapidly evolving platform.