Your Company May Help You with Professional Certifications
Obtaining or maintaining professional credentials can be essential to keeping your career on track, but it is usually an expensive undertaking. Your employer may be able to help you with that.
Staffing firm Robert Half recently interviewed CFOs and workers, and found that many workers aren’t aware that their employers are willing to help fund employees’ continuing education and professional credentials and certifications.
In fact, a majority of CFOs (72 percent) said their company would cover some or all of the cost for staff to obtain professional certifications.
Another big majority, 76 percent, said their organization helps in maintaining credentials once earned.
Does your company have such a policy, or do you need to make the case personally?
If you’re in the latter camp, follow these five tips from Robert Half:
- Make a business case. Devise a plan before you approach your boss. Describe how the certification will allow you to make greater contributions to the company. Consider, too, that some professional certifications have a stronger return on investment than others.
- Cite immediate benefits. Show examples of how the certification will help improve productivity, bring additional revenue or allow you to take on additional responsibilities.
- Prepare for the future. Explain to your manager how your training will develop you for leadership positions. Most CFOs realize the importance of succession planning, and they’re looking for rising stars who may be able to fill the pipeline.
- Share the wealth. Let your boss know that an investment in your education can strengthen the entire organization. Offer to share the information learned or mentor colleagues to extend the value of your added expertise.
- Divide the cost. If your manager denies your request, don’t give up. Are you willing to cover part of the fees for your professional certification? If not, revisit the conversation in a few months if you sense your boss may be more open to it in the future.”
Before you spend thousands on things that may just help your employer, find out if your employer would be willing to help you cover those costs. It couldn’t hurt to ask.