Steps to acquire a certification

Before you begin:

Step 1: Choose a certification

Be sure to select the most current certification. As certifications are updated, it is possible that both an older and newer version of the same certification may be listed.
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Step 2: Do you qualify for an upgrade path?

Check the upgrade paths to see if you have any certifications listed there. If so, you may qualify for an abbreviated path to your chosen certification.

Step 3: Register or apply for the certification

Register for the certification in The Learning Center. This adds the certification to your personal record.

Step 4: Verify or complete prerequisites

Prerequisites may include a lower level certification, or a third party achievement.

Find out how to receive credit for third party achievements

Step 5: Complete recommended training (optional) and pass required exams

Training is highly recommended to pass each exam. Training is not required, but helps you develop the skills you need to pass the exam.

Once you successfully complete the required exams, the certification is awarded to you. You are notified of your pass or fail status immediately after completing the exam. If you pass the exam, your transcript is updated in The Learning Center within seven (7) business days.

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Step 6: Certification achieved

You receive an email notification two to five days after successfully completing all requirements. Your status in The Learning Center changes to "acquired". Track your training and certification progress through your transcripts in The Learning Center. To view your benefits and showcase your achievement, visit the My Learning portal.

Now that you have achieved your certification, you can promote your skills and knowledge by posting a digital badge of your certification online and in social media. You will receive an email from about two weeks after achieving your certification with instructions on how to obtain your digital badge. For more details, click here

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