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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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 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 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.
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.
- Resume Strategy Development
- Resume Writing & Content Development
- Resume Formatting, Design & Presentation
- 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.
This credential begins with the applicant reviewing a 50-page resume writing guide followed by a blind review of one sample resume by three members of the certification team. The applicant will then either be greenlighted for testing or will receive comprehensive feedback for a second attempt.
The testing process then includes three modules, which involve creating a resume and cover letter from provided content, completing a brief series of short essay questions probing the methods used to gather the necessary information to write a winning resume, and a final exam to determine mastery of spelling and grammar as well as skill around client information gathering and interpretation, and writing and design strategy.
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.
CMRW: The Certified Master Resume Writer certification is an international credential and is the oldest master-level resume writing credential in existence, starting in 2000.
The CMRW is a 3-step, test-free, portfolio evaluation process. It includes the prerequisite of a recognized resume certification along with submission of seven professional resumes 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.
CERM: The Certified Executive Resume Master certification is an international credential that allows resume writers to position themselves as a top tier executive resource.
The CERM is a 2-step portfolio evaluation and brief testing process. It includes the prerequisite of a recognized resume certification along with submission of four executive resumes as well as an executive competency review which covers general knowledge that any writer of executive resumes would be expected to know along with on-the-fly writing to demonstrate ability to edit and construct content that is concise and results-focused.
The CERM designation must be renewed every three years through submission of four sample resumes.
CCST: The Certified Career Storyteller certification is an international credential and positions the resume writer to transform the way resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other document deliverables are created through the use of information gathering, storytelling, dynamic visual design, and branding.
The CCST encompasses 17 sections of in-depth training and hands-on participation that results in creation of top tier client deliverables and a transferable skillset that can be used immediately with each new client. The credential is conveyed upon successful completion of 16 assignments provided during the course.
The CCST designation must be renewed every three years by completing any new module update assignments.
CGRA: The Certified Graphic Resume Architect certification is an international credential that provides resume writers with the ability to demonstrate to job seekers that they can give them the invaluable edge of a dynamic, visual resume that make them stand out from the competition.
The CGRA is a portfolio evaluation process. It includes the prerequisite of a recognized resume certification along with submission of five resumes. At least one resume must have an originally designed page header, chart or graph, and use of MS Word Smart Art. Finally, one resume should provide project details that explain the choices made.
The CGRA designation must be renewed every three years through submission of three sample resumes.
CRS+: The Certified Resume Specialist certification is an international credential that can be attained in 19+ specialties from information technology to military to civilian transition. Such niche credentialing allows the resume writer to target expertise to specific markets.
To obtain a CRS certification the resume writer must maintain a recognized resume certification and then provide a portfolio of four industry-specific resume samples along with a one-page essay about that specialty industry/field that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge.
The CRS designation(s) must be renewed every three years through submission of two sample resumes.
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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.