Certified Resume Writers Must Meet Specific Requirements to Become Credentialed in the Resume Writing Industry
Each resume writing certification has its own set of rules and regulations and is granted by a professional career organization. Credentialing requirement information is provided below for your review [+]. All resume writing credentials and organizational memberships of listed member coaches are verified by TheCareerExperts.com.
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Certification examinations are reviewed and graded by three CPRWs who are members of the Certification Committee Board. Organizational membership of writer is required to maintain the CPRW credential. The CPRW credential was established in 1991 and is recognized as the standard of the industry.
For more info, please contact PARW/CC at (800) 822-7279.
To earn the NCRW certification the writer must demonstrate a high level of expertise in resume writing, cover letter composition, proofreading, and electronic resume preparation. Once the member has achieved the NCRW designation, that member must obtain approved CEUs in order to maintain the certification. The certification is renewable every three years as long as the requirements have been met. The CEU requirement for renewal assures that NCRWs are among the most knowledgeable career industry professionals in areas impacting job search and personal marketing.
For more info, please the NRWA at (877) THE-NRWA or (877) 843-6792.
CARW: The CARW certification is an international credential. The examination is comprehensive and consists of three modules, which include writing two 1000+ word articles on resume writing or related topics, preparation of two resumes for blind review by the Certification Team, and a timed written examination. The CARW designation must be renewed every two years through resume-related continuing education units (CEUs), employment-related book reviews, career-related community service, and/or articles published on resume writing.
CFRW: The CFRW course unravels the federal application process, shedding light on the most difficult topics, such as, writing KSAs, understanding vacancy announcements and creating Senior Executive Service (SES) applications including ECQs. The last week is a final project that demonstrates writer’s CFRW Program mastery. The CFRW Program is delivered entirely online, providing the writer with the hands on experience necessary to research, locate and analyze the very same technology and resources that the federal government uses in its recruitment and hiring practices.
CRS+IT | CRS+FS: To obtain a “Certified Resume Specialist” certification in IT or FS, the resume writer must maintain a recognized resume certification (e.g., CARW, CMRW, MRW, NCRW, CPRW, CMRS, CRS, MCRS as well as submit the following:
- Portfolio of 4 industry-specific resume samples.
The resume writer must demonstrate their grasp of a key industry specialization by providing four sample resumes. The resumes are to be written for different positions within the industry to showcase the resume writer’s versatility. For example if the resume writer were applying for the Certified IT Resume Specialist, then the certification committee would like to see a diversified portfolio that may include: a Helpdesk Operator, a Programmer, an IT Manager, Database Administrator, etc. For Healthcare, it could be Pharmaceutical Sales, a Nurse, a Practice Manager, a Physiotherapist, a Lab Technician, etc. The resume writer must submit resumes that clearly demonstrate the breadth of their expertise in the selected field.
- One-page essay to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in specialized industry/field.
For more info, please contact CDI at (321) 752-0422.
All final assignments are graded by both Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark. A grade of B or better in all assignments is required; writers whose efforts fall below that mark are given two additional opportunities to rewrite and resubmit their work. Because each assignment is returned with detailed feedback, the ACRW certification process is a tremendous learning experience that was designed to be applicable both to beginning writers and to experienced writers who want to strengthen the breadth and depth of their expertise.
The ACRW is awarded by the Resume Writing Academy in recognition of having successfully completed a rigorous 3-month training program and demonstrating mastery of the key skills and concepts essential for producing best-in-class resumes.
For more info, please contact RWA at (855) 333-5793.
- Resume Strategy Development
- Resume Writing & Content Development
- Resume Formatting, Design & Presentation
- English Language & Grammar
To apply for the MRW, professional resume writers must submit a portfolio that documents their resume writing and strategy expertise, and must complete a 4-page English language and grammar test. In addition, each individual must have a minimum of 5 years of paid professional resume writing experience to be considered for this certification.
For more info, please contact CTL at (855) 333-5793.