Resume Writing Certifications

Resume Writer Certification Criteria

Each resume writing certification has its own set of rules and regulations and granted by its affiliated resume writing organization.

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NCRW: A resume writer possessing the Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) credential must meet 10 continuing education requirements (CEUs) to begin the certification process. The writer submits a sample resume and cover letter, which is reviewed by two members of the Certification Commission. If the work reflects NCRW standards, the member may take the test, which is graded by a team of three NCRWs.

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.

NCOPE: A writer and coach possessing the Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE) credential must display LinkedIn Recruiter proficiency – the platform used by a majority of recruiters to find and vet talent and 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.

To earn the e NCOPE certification, 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.

NCOPE certified writers and coaches must complete annual renewal training to ensure they are up-to-speed on LinkedIn’s rapidly evolving platform.

For more information, please email Sally McIntosh, Certification Chair or call the NRWA toll- free at (877) THE-NRWA or (877) 843-6792.

To earn the ACRW certification, writers must participate in the comprehensive Resume Writing Academy flagship training program. It comprises eight teleseminar classes covering all facets of resume strategy, writing, and design; English language and grammar skills; and cover letter and thank-you letter writing.

Each class includes a relevant homework assignment that is carefully reviewed, with detailed feedback provided to students. After successfully passing the final assignment, students complete three independent learning programs (ILPs), each a resume and cover letter writing assignment that is thoroughly reviewed, critiqued, and graded. Successful completion of all three ILPs is the final step in earning the ACRW.

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 information, please email Marie Zimenoff, CEO & Lead Trainer or call the RWA toll-free at (855) 333-5793.

The MRW credential is designed specifically for resume writing professionals who have reached the top tier of their industry by demonstrating expertise in:

  1. Resume Strategy Development
  2. Resume Writing & Content Development
  3. Resume Formatting, Design & Presentation
  4. English Language & Grammar

To earn the MRW certification, 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 information, please email Marie Zimenoff, Executive Director or call CTL toll-free at (855) 333-5793.

Resume writers possessing the CPRW credential must pass a timed examination consisting of four modules, testing writer’s industry knowledge and understanding of the resume writing field, his/her command for grammar, punctuation, spelling and proofreading, and skills in strategic thinking on resume related issues.

The writer is also required to develop a resume and cover letter based upon background information of a hypothetical client provided by the PARW/CC Certification Committee Board.

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.

CMRWThe CMRW process is a 3-step, test-free, portfolio evaluation process that will, upon approval by the certification committee, elevate the writer to the distinction of “Master” resume writer.

CMRW requirements include the prerequisite of a recognized resume certification, submission of seven professional resumes, one ASCII resume conversion and two cover letter samples; a personal biography or resume, and either an essay of 1000+ words on writer’s philosophy and approach to resume writing or an article of 1000+ words on a topic related to resume writing that demonstrates writer’s expertise.

The CMRW designation must be renewed every three years through submission of four sample resumes and a sample cover letter of your choice as well as an updated personal biography or resume.

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.

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.
  • One-page essay to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in specialized industry/field.

For more info, please contact the Career Directors International at (321) 752-0422.