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Tips from TSE: Passing the professional development certification exam

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 5, 2010

Becoming certified in professional development is a way of gaining professional recognition while enhancing the credibility of our chosen specialty. Kari L. Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, director of employee and organizational development at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, is one of the talented educators who is not only certified, but works hard to help others achieve this distinction. "I strongly believe in credentials and ongoing professional development," Schmidt says. "I think it's important that people are certified so that [the specialty of staff development] is recognized from a credibility standpoint for us and employers."

After determining eligibility to take the exam, Schmidt advises that you review the content outline carefully and identify where you lack experience. These are the areas that will require more in-depth study. "For example, you may know a lot about program planning but don't have as much experience with formulating and implementing a budget," says Schmidt. "This tells you that you need to spend more time studying budgetary concepts."

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the February 2010 issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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