When discussing the cost of getting certified, it’s important that you break those costs into two distinct areas – Certification and Training. Lets break each of these down and discuss them separately.
- Certification – The actual “certification” of someone’s skills happens when they pass an exam of some type. This is generally given in a testing center or online in some form. So when talking about cost for this element, you’re only talking about the cost that is charged to take the actual examination. Most certifications, regardless of the topic or industry, cost between $150 and $500. You usually need to purchase a voucher directly from the certification company, or register on their website to apply for the exam.
- Training - The second element of “cost” is the cost of training. This is where the price of “getting your certification” can vary widely because there is no standardized pricing structure for training. Some organizations may offer training for free, which others may charge thousands of dollars. The training aspect is very confusing for most people because they often don’t realize there is a separation of costs. Training companies will often lead people to believe that their training leads to certification. In reality, those training companies are still purchasing the certification vouchers from the certifying body, they’ve just rolled the cost of that voucher into the overall cost of the training. For example, if a training company was going to charge $2000 for a training class and the certification exam costs $300, they will charge the student $2300 for the class.
- Self-paced training – Great for people who like to read and learn at their own pace. These programs are also much less expensive, often ranging from Free to $500. They can also be completed much faster than classroom training
- Classroom training – Great for people who like a structured learning environment. Many times, they training programs are structured more like a college class and include instructors. Many times these programs often include detailed training with statistical tools. The programs are usually much more expensive, ranging from $2000 to $7000 or more.