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IBM Professional Certification Program > Benefits of certification - Pg. 3

1.1.1 Benefits of certification Certification is a tool to help objectively measure the performance of a professional on a given job at a defined skill level. Therefore, it is beneficial for individuals who want to validate their own skills and performance levels, their employees, or both. For optimum benefit, the certification tests must reflect the critical tasks required for a job, the skill levels of each task, and the frequency by which a task needs to be performed. IBM prides itself on designing comprehensive, documented processes that ensure that IBM certification tests remain relevant to the work environment of potential certification candidates. In addition to assessing job skills and performance levels, professional certification may also provide such benefits as: For employees: ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Promotes recognition as an IBM certified professional Helps to create advantages in interviews Assists in salary increases, corporate advancement, or both Increases self esteem Provides continuing professional benefits Measures the effectiveness of training Reduces course redundancy and unnecessary expenses Provides objective benchmarks for validating skills Makes long-range planning easier Helps to manage professional development Aids as a hiring tool Contributes to competitive advantage For employers: