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Certification is designed to benefit individual educators at the mid-level and above, higher education institutions, and the larger student affairs and services profession. The work performed by student affairs educators is essential–as well as rewarding and challenging. Low pay, burnout, and high turnover are all common issues. There have traditionally been limited means for educators to demonstrate their competencies and knowledge growth through ongoing work experience, and to then formally exhibit this growth in pursuit of lifelong learning and professional advancement. Certification offers a robust set of credentials to demonstrate this growth!

Benefits for Individual Educators

  • Rigorous way to demonstrate ongoing learning, competencies, and knowledge including within multiple functional areas
  • Supports advancement into senior-level leadership positions
  • Increases advancement potential to positions managing multiple functional areas
  • Supports transitions between functional areas
  • Provides a means of demonstrating learning and growth after attaining a master’s degree while providing a pathway into the profession for individuals whose highest degree earned is a baccalaureate or an associate’s degree
  • Offers areas of focus to inform ongoing learning and professional development plans

Benefits for Institutions and to the Profession

  • Includes timely and important topics within the profession that may not have been covered at the time one completed a master’s degree
  • Adds further credibility and integrity to the work of student affairs and services
  • Further establishes standards of knowledge, skills, and experiences
  • Provides accountability through ethical conduct standards and related processes
  • Requires continuous, ongoing learning for recertification
  • Reduces risk of errors, accidents, and legal liability

Benefits for Professional Associations

  • Requires entities providing continuing education for professional development to clearly define learning outcomes, focus areas, and include experienced presenters
  • Encourages further intention for educators in seeking professional development opportunities
  • Creates opportunities for further training and education programs tied to certifications


Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Value of Certification Statement 2020.