When selecting a training or certification company, there are some factors you should consider. The information provided below is designed to help you decide if a certification through the Management and Strategy Institute (MSI) is right for you.
MSI is a certification company, not a “training” provider. When you purchase a program from us; what you are purchasing is the certification exam. We provide exam-prep training material for free as part of that purchase for most certifications.
Professional Development certifications are not “accredited” like a college or university. Training and certification companies are recognized by industry-specific accreditation’s and certifying bodies, based on the programs they provide. There is no centralized accrediting agency for professional development certifications. When selecting a certification or training provider, you should consider the factors below:
MSI currently holds the following industry accreditation’s and recognition:
– ISO 9001:2015 Certified
– Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited [View]
– MSI sets standards for Six Sigma through the Six Sigma Body of Knowledge.
– CPD Accredited Organization.
– Approved by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
– VA Approved Licensure and Certification Testing: Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
Many times, a company’s reputation is even more important than industry recognition. Here is some information to help you research MSI:
Certifications obtained through a U.S. based company hold significant weight over other certifications, especially with U.S. based companies. You should be able to easily verify this from a company’s “About Us” or “Contact Us” page. If a company hides its location, this is a good sign that they are not located within the U.S.
Very few certification companies have a satisfaction guarantee. This is either because they “just want your money,” or they don’t believe in the programs they are selling. When selecting a certification company, check to see if they believe in what they offer.
The acceptance of a certification, regardless of who the certification is through, is always at the sole discretion of the company hiring you. You should consult with your employer to verify acceptance of any certification before you enroll in a course.
To learn more about online certification programs, MSI has created The Ultimate Guide to Online Certification Programs, that you can read here.