What are some free, or cheap certifications I can get?
July 23, 2013 3:22 PM   Subscribe

I'm interested in getting certified for something that will help along my career. For example, I have a background in research, and universities. What if I wanted to learn how to get certified in an accounting system? What if I learned a certain computer program? Etc. I'm willing to put in the work, and have some ideas, but could use help brainstorming.

This recently occurred to me when a friend got official Food Safety certification to work in a restaurant. Apparently this opened doors. What certificates would be helpful for someone who works with researchers and mostly in an office?

I want to be certified!

Any suggestions would be most welcome. The catch: the credential would have to be for something indoors. This most likely rules out anything cool, like scuba.
posted by kettleoffish to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
Research and universities? How about Research Administration Certification?
posted by Lutoslawski at 4:21 PM on July 23, 2013

I think you're going at this a bit backwards - what doors do you want opened? What qualifications are asked for by jobs that you find interesting?

(And, "works with researchers" is pretty broad. Data processing? Office administration? Grant writing? Something else?)
posted by Metasyntactic at 4:38 PM on July 23, 2013 [5 favorites]

what is your job? what job do you want?
posted by cupcake1337 at 6:59 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

If you have the relevant experience maybe a Certified IRB Professional?
posted by procrastination at 9:05 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

Well Microsoft Office certification is a thing, but most people I know are self-taught and augment with specific classes once they start specializing.

I learned Salesforce.com on the job, now I'm an Administrator. I'm not certified and it doesn't seem to matter much to the people who need the skill.

My suggestion is to figure out what job you want, then get the appropriate training for it.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:11 AM on July 24, 2013

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