Now introducing the 29 professionals who successfully completed our first NCOPE Training program in January!

We're pleased to introduce the 29 graduates of our first-ever Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE) program. Having completed a rigorous five-week training program, the following resume writers, career coaches, and other industry professionals are poised to unleash the power of LinkedIn to boost success for their job-seeking clients:

Offered exclusively by the NRWA, NCOPE was introduced last December and drew an enthusiastic response from our membership and others in the industry. Within just a few days of launching registration, the class was full, and a substantial waiting list was already forming for the next session.

“This is a testament to the high demand for deeper engagement with the LinkedIn platform within our industry, as well as the stellar reputation the NRWA has earned as a provider of high-quality instruction, best practices, and standards across the industry,” said NRWA Board President Virginia Franco. “Nearly 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for and vet candidates for roles at all organizational levels, so it’s absolutely essential for resume writers, college career center staff, coaches, counselors, and other career professionals to understand how to use the platform effectively to give their clients a competitive edge in the job market.”

Registration opened on February 7 for the next NCOPE session, which starts in March. Taught by NRWA board member – and resident LinkedIn expert – Tom Powner, of Career Thinker Inc., the NCOPE certification program consists of five weekly 90-minute sessions with a live instructor, presented via webinar, followed by a written test. Sessions cover strategies for creating a powerful profile, time-saving techniques for searching for jobs on LinkedIn, best practices for building a relevant professional network, and inside intel on how recruiters use LinkedIn to find and vet talent.

Here’s just a bit of what participants are saying about the NCOPE program:

"The content of the NCOPE class was extraordinarily rich. I thought I knew a great deal about LinkedIn already, but I learned something (lots of "somethings") new in every class. Even better, as soon as I finished the first class, I began incorporating what I had learned into my practice and sharing the great tips with clients. I highly recommend the course to other resume writers and career coaches!"

"I have actually learned so much more than I expected to! Excellent course. Now I have to sit down and figure out how I can present this wealth of information to my clients!"