Certificate of competency

Certificate of competency
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Certificate of competency is a goal in traditional education. The purpose of the certificate is to impress an employer. Nowadays, many employers realize that a qualification does not equal the qualities needed for the role on offer. In result of job interviews have become longer and more stringent as companies look for additional personal skills and attitudes before taking on an employee. This trend is growing, and academic qualifications are steadily decreasing in significance with major employers. Strategic learners on the other hand view success as the ultimate degree and certificate of competence. Their goal is to succeed and this may involve supplementing their self-directed learning with some formal learning and qualifications, but never involves substituting personal development for formal qualifications (A. Q. Knotts 2012, s. 19).

Components of certificate[edit]

An organiser of competence-based qualifications is responsible for arranging the assessment of a competence test performance and submitting the related assessment proposal to the Qualification Committee in the manner agreed in the contract for arranging competence-based qualifications. Similar information must be submitted on all performances in competence tests. Such an assessment proposal must contain the following information: the candidate’s name, date of birth, qualification, qualification modules with grades, the end date of the competence test and the time of the assessment meeting, a description of the competence test performance and an account of where the competence tests were arranged, and assessors. If it is proposed that any performances be failed, the grounds for this must be provided. Provision of such information is particularly significant, due to the possibility of an assessment rectification procedure. In the case of failed performances, the related assessment criteria under the Qualification Requirements for competence-based qualifications must be mentioned (T. Päivärinta 2013, s. 25-26).

Perceptions of HR certification[edit]

Despite its growing popularity, surprisingly little is known about how HR professionals and employers perceive certification. In a 1992 article, Wiley reported survey data that suggests the following reasons HR professionals seek certification. (in order of popularity):

  • professional accomplishment
  • personal satisfaction
  • test knowledge
  • career advancement
  • peer recognition

A Workforce survey conducted in 1998 found that 56% of respondents had obtained one form of HR certification, 67% said they believed HR certification gave them more credibility among corporate peers and other senior managers, and 96% said their employers did not require certification in order to be hired (H. Aguinis , M. Lengnick-Hall 2012, s. 247).

Example of X- ray operator's certificate[edit]

The x-ray machine operator certificate begins the following informations:

  • Name of x-ray operator
  • address * profession
  • location where used
  • licence number

Diagnostic radiographer certify that, in my opinion as a professional diagnostic radiographer, the above mentioned person has demonstrated competency in performing radiography. This person has satisfactorily demonstrated to me that they are competent in all of the following areas:

  • Exposure parameters. Demonstrated ability to alter exposure parameters to compensate for incorrect exposure, different body thicknesses, different receptor/screen combinations and the use of grids, plaster etc.
  • Image artefacts Demonstrated ability to identify various imaging faults and how to prevent their recurrence. * Radiographic technique and positioning. Demonstrated ability to use radiographic techniques and appropriately position patients to produce diagnostic radiographs of the areas identified above which have a high standard of image quality.
  • Use of computerised radiography equipment Demonstrated ability to use radiography equipment to produce a plain radiograph, perform necessary post processing and store and transfer images.

Certificate of X-ray operator ends with the number of the license granted and the signature of two persons- the certified person and the person performing the qualification(K. Thayalan 2014, s. 167-169).

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Author: Natalia Talarek