CareerOneStop.com and Wikipedia.org are two websites that provide useful information on list of existing professional certificates. Career One Stop lets users search by certification name, organization, industry or occupation. The Professional Certification entry on Wikipedia offers a comprehensive list of professional certificates by industry.
A professional certificate shows that an individual has the required knowledge, experience and skills to perform a certain job. A wide variety of industries and careers offer professional certification. These certificates can range from simple to highly specialized tasks. In many certification process, individuals are required to pass a certificate exam administered by an organization or association that monitors and upholds the prescribed standards for a particular industry. These credentialing organizations are monitored by the National Organization of Competency Assurance. Professional certificates can be required or optional to perform certain jobs. For example, accountants must hold the required certificates to be employed or to establish a practice in the profession.
Employees with professional certificates usually enjoy more benefits than those who do not possess these certificates. Employees certified in an area usually enjoy better employment and advancement opportunities, earn higher wages, have access to highly specialized jobs and, in some cases, even receive tuition reimbursement for continuing education.