On September 18, 2019, the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) (U.S.) will be hosting a webinar about the ins and outs of earning a certification or credentials in the field of volunteer leadership, volunteer engagement, volunteering (depending on your terminology preference). Free for members of AL!VE and $25 for non-members, the webinar offers an easy and affordable way for practitioners to explore the “differences between personal professional development opportunities like volunteer engagement certificates and CVA credentialing, programmatic resources like standards and best practices guides, and organizational certification.“
Energize takes this opportunity to revisit the many perspectives expressed about credentialing over the years. And, for those who can’t attend or work outside of the U.S., this hot topic is a way to do your own research on whether credentialing is right for you.
Start with this 2011 article from e-Volunteerism. A discussion between individuals from several different countries that goes beyond the immediate benefits to the individual professional. What does certification mean for the field of volunteer engagement? Is there a “dark side” to creating preferred practices? Feel free to comment on this page below if you’d like to continue the discussion!
A Call for Vision First
Susan J. Ellis, in her 2011 Energize Hot Topic, didn’t hold back on her vision for what type of credentialing is needed for the profession. Don’t forget to read the comments at the bottom of the page for even more ideas from others.
Several organizations worldwide have shared with us programs or courses leading to certification. Be sure to select the appropriate region; there may be one closer to home. Some programs are available no matter your location. Please don’t hesitate to let us know about any that are missing.
Please share your perspectives about credentialing and certification through the comment form below.
- Have you completed a certification program, and has it helped your career?
- What are your thoughts about being credentialed in volunteer engagement? A necessity? Harmful to the profession? Needs improvement?
While everything on this site is about the profession of volunteer management, this section of the library offers materials discussing the "profession" as a profession -- issues about acceptance, education, career development, and so on. If you are looking for more information about the role of a volunteer resources manager (the functions and daily work activities), you will find all that in the other section of this A-Z library, "How-to's of Volunteer Management."
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