Step 1: Sample Résumé and Cover Letter Review
You must be a member of NRWA to begin this process. The sample submission is required to start the certification process. It helps gauge where you are with your current skills and if you need to prepare more to successfully pass the test. You will receive feedback from an NCRW commission grader that will help you prepare for the test or to submit another sample, if needed.
FORMATTING FOR SUBMISSION
Your sample submission should contain three documents that are in compliance with
Our graders require all three documents to perform a fair review of your materials. If you don’t include all three files, you will be asked to re-submit and the review process will be delayed.
Before uploading your files, remove all identifying information from Word’s properties (i.e., your name and the client's name). If you wrote the documents for an actual client, feel free to revise the achievements to make them even stronger.
While the sample submission process is limited to members pursuing certification, part of the feedback is a “Ready” or “Not Ready” recommendation to help you determine if you are prepared to pass the NCRW Examination.
One NCRW grader will review your samples using the same criteria used when grading NCRW exams. Within 2-3 weeks, you will receive written feedback and an invitation to schedule a phone call to have your questions answered or clarify any comments and recommendations from the grader.
A “Ready” recommendation is required to move on to the NCRW Exam. However, some writers may find it helpful to submit multiple samples if the grader recommends that the writer is "Not Ready" (a $75 fee applies to each submission).
The Certification Commission recommends that you read The NCRW Study Guide thoroughly before writing and submitting your sample résumé and cover letter for grading. Too many certification candidates fail the writing segment on their first attempt – many because they disregard basic grammar rules and “strategy” concepts that are outlined in The NCRW Study Guide (available only to members as an aid for studying to take the NCRW Exam).
Résumés that meet the grading criteria are:
Advisory Board:Sally McIntosh (Chair)
Grading Panel:Norine Dagliano