Certifications are earned from professional societies and organizations or from an information technology vendor.  In general certifications must be renewed periodically, or may be valid for a specific period of time (e.g., the lifetime of the product upon which the individual is certified).  As a part of a complete renewal of an individual's certification, it is common for the individual to show evidence of continued learning undefined often termed continuing education undefined or earning continuing education units. 


Most certification programs are created, sponsored, or affiliated with professional associations, trade organizations, or information technology vendors interested in raising qualification standards of professional individuals.  Even those programs completely independent from membership organizations enjoy association support and endorsement.


The growth of certification programs is also a reaction to the changing employment market.  Certifications are portable, since they do not depend on one company's definition of a certain job.  Certification stands about the resume and the professional reference by being an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual's professional knowledge and experience.  Certification provides an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual's professional knowledge and experience.


It is important to note that certifications are usually earned from a professional society, organization, or educational institute, not the government.  If a demonstration of ability or knowledge is required by a specific law before being allowed to perform a task or job, this is referred to as licensure.


In the United States , professional licenses are usually issued by state agencies. The certification assessment process, for most organizations, is very similar or even the same as licensure and may differ only in terms of legal status, while in other organizations, can be quite different and more comprehensive than that of licensure. Certification and licensure differ only in terms of legal status. In today's healthcare marketplace, technology is paramount.  The need for a workforce knowledgeable in the theory of operation, underlying physiological principles, and safe application of healthcare technology equipment is a central concern of all hospitals and companies.  


Certification demonstrates that successful applicants have the knowledge to ensure a safe, reliable healthcare environment.  It also demonstrates to employers a significant commitment to career and competence.  Quite simply, in an increasingly competitive and constantly changing environment, certification is an essential investment in an applicant's future.

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