Chances are you’re here reading about the CPRW because you’re new to resume writing and looking into what you need to get certified.
Let’s start at the beginning…
The CPRW test and certification are administered through the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC).
This is the oldest credentialing organization for resume writers, founded in 1990. Prior to their formation, associations for resume writers or career professionals were non-existent.
The organization was started with a few goals in mind.
The most important one being to set quality standards in resume writing as well as help resume writers learn, network, and share information about all things resumes. 😉
Today, the CPRW is the most widely held certification among resume writers and is believed to be the most respected certification a resume writer can hold.
The Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) certification is ranked high as well.
Prospective professional resume writers must pass a multi-part test comprised of multiple-choice questions and essay questions, all dealing with the different aspects of resume writing.
There is a study guide that applicants have several days to learn, and the final part of the CPRW exam involves writing a resume and cover letter from mock client data.
The examination is timed, and the applicant can obtain and return the test via email or fax. Tests and sample resumes are reviewed by a team of resume writing/industry professionals, and then a grade is issued.
The price of the study guide and examinations is $250, and applicants must demonstrate basic skills in resume writing before being approved to take the examination.
Active membership with the PARW/CC is required to take the exam and subsequently “keep” the CPRW certification once obtained.
Because the CPRW is both the most recognized designation in the industry and the most highly regarded, more resume writers pursue this certification than any other. This is both a good and bad situation for new CPRWs, because it means having a true industry-standard certification but may also mean not standing out from the crowd anymore.
In addition to the CPRW certification, the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC) also offers the following certifications:
Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)
Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC)
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