Certification Make the Difference

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Certification will differentiate you from the crowd, from thousands of applications eyeing on that single job opening, your profile stands tall above the rest! You will be asking yourself – what makes you so special?  How does a single piece of paper make a difference? What about the bachelor’s degree certificate?  Some of the candidates are better than you but why aren’t they shortlisted?  Read on to learn more. I’d like to share the secrets in getting certified even though you don’t have the experience particularly when you are chasing after your first job right after graduation. For an individual with experience, the job hunt will be a lot easier, continue reading.

What is the objective of getting a job? To earn some money, buy things, lead a lifestyle, make more money, vacation, the list goes on. We also need to put some money aside for education, not just for our kids but for ourselves. I used to attend numerous training courses, they are just a certificate of attendance or completion. There is no assessment, so it does not carry weight when I submitted a job application. Back then to earn certification is not that costly, but because of the depreciation of our currency, the cost keeps escalating. We want to keep the cost down despite the struggling currency that we have no control of. Someday we will leave this planet, when we leave this beautiful planet at least we have helped many individuals to acquire professional certification at an affordable price, a price that nobody has ever thought that it is possible. We want to make this affordable for everyone, the choice is yours… you can spend a few thousand dollars to earn the certification. A friend sitting next to you at the office is paying a few hundred dollars for the same certificate, i.e. from the same professional body/organization.  You get to use the cost-savings for vacation, why waste it on a training company? 

Of course, in-house corporate programs cost more, trainers cost, facilities, materials, and other expenses. Some of the training companies throw in lunch and snacks in between lectures that adds up to the cost.  If your objective is just to earn the certification, knowing that you have the necessary qualification and experience but you don’t have the time to attend the class, the only option is to take it online since we now live in the digital age. Everything is about the Internet.  You’re on your smart phone because of the Internet. That is why most of the certification courses out there are expensive and you need to have at least a degree with some working experience to qualify.  If you do not have working experience then it is highly unlikely you will be offered to sit for any certification courses. If you have the ambition to work abroad, You need to possess at least one accredited and globally recognized certification to apply for jobs abroad being the US, Europe, or elsewhere. If you don’t have this, it is highly unlikely that you will get your application shortlisted. Although some job advertisement do not mention about certification, that is because they need as many applicants to apply so their database will grow, they will probably sell the data to other recruiters or other e-commerce establishments too.  

You may think that since you have secured a job, getting certified is optional, think again when you are out of job for whatever reasons, then you start to feel the pressure to secure another job. Competition is intense out there, connections come handy but not everyone has strong cable these days. When you look at job adverts, although they did not explicitly mention that you must be certified to apply for the job opening, they do filter candidates based on these criteria when it comes to shortlisting thousands of candidates. So you are left out of the opportunity to compete in the job marketplace! Then you start rushing to get certified.  Its a little too late brother / sister !

Certification is really a small investment, recently a candidate who has obtained a certification as a Certified Planning Engineer (CPE) was offered a better job within three months after he secured the title CPE. He recovered the investment in a very short time. The additional salary he obtained has covered the cost of his investment in obtaining the certification in just under 2 months. If he did not make this move, he wouldn’t have landed a new job with a much better salary package.  Spent USD 490 and get additional pay of 50% more than the current pay, what more do you want?  In some countries this fee may seem a little high due to the weakness of the currency, while others it is fairly reasonable, and to a select few it is dirt cheap. My advise is .. please do not do the conversion into your local currency. If you’re on a vacation in London, do you convert into your local currency every time you make a purchase? You walk into KFC and start converting into your local currency for every single meal before you decide to order? Give me a break!

Check the certification fee for an instructor-led classroom course in your country after you convert in USD and then compare against our digital certification fee.  Please compare apple to apple, ensure that the certification course is legitimate and internationally accredited before you make the comparison!  


       When there are thousands of professionals with strong international certifications behind them, the country can position its resources to promote products and services abroad with less resistance. Of course, the certifications must be recognized internationally, it must be accredited programs and not any company that self-accredited their courses! Please beware that they use the term “Certified” in their promotional advertisement to get your attention. They are not representing a professional body that is recognized via an independent entity!  They issue the certificate with the title “Certified” … Which professional body accredited this certificate?  Please ask them.  Do your research, Google is your best companion!  If they are recognized by AACSB or ACBSP, then that is great.  They always advertise their courses using the word “Certified ….”  but in reality it is just a preparation course for you to sit in the examination.  So you ended up paying a lot more because the exam fees is not included.  Why? Because they are not authorised to conduct the examination!   Some of them even worse .. “Certified” being used in the title of the course and the certificate issued by themselves ! What a joke!

How about quality? Are they ISO certified training company?  If they are just associated with some of the famous professional bodies but they issue their own certification, then this is pure fake certificate!  They are using the professional body to portray that they are a recognized training institution.  They publish all the famous logos of professional bodies on their web sites to gain your confidence that they are delivering  the certification courses that belong to these professional bodies. Their advertisements look so real that most people bought their fake certification training programs.  They continue to do this since you’re blinded by the lights. Beware of these fake training companies!  

There are many organizations, for example, there could be a facilities management institute that established in your country, they issue their own certification.  This is recognized in your own home country, but most likely not recognized internationally.  Unless they have the appropriate international accreditation body that recognized their certificates. Ask these tough questions, are you accredited by any international organization?  It’s about being recognized internationally is what counts. A certificate that you earn must be recognized in all over 150 countries!  Then you’re qualified to apply for jobs in the global marketplace. Otherwise, just stay in your country and forget about migrating to Canada, United States, Europe, et cetera.

Certification courses offered by some training companies locally are authorized to conduct only exam preparation courses. After completion of these prep courses, the examination needs to be taken elsewhere. On the contrary, GAFM Academy is authorized to run the full certification inclusive of examination for The American Academy of Project Management certifications, and The Global Academy of Finance and Management GAFM certifications.  The price that you pay is inclusive of certification fee, membership, examination, and shipping. We are the one-stop center since 2009, a few hundred vendors of Malaysia National Automotive Manufacturer have benefited from our certifications.   Globally, GAFM Academy has reached over 100 countries.  
GAFM Academy is the place for you to get the certification that you desire at an affordable price.  The broad area of certifications available at Global Academy of Finance and Management may not be offered by other professional body.   The other factor is the huge cost-savings. Compare this with the standard 4-day instructor-led certification course,  the digital certification represents a huge cost-savings of at least 70 percent, what  matters is that you get to earn the certification at a very low price.  We have to change the way we work, the way we think, and the cost-effective method  to acquire certification. 

To get a free copy “How to Get Certified?” > VISIT HERE  

Visit here to get the certification you need:  https://gafm.com.my/digital-certification/

Join my network at ProjectManagement.com  

Wishing you the best  in your future undertaking, and stay safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Zulk Shamsuddin 


American Academy of Project Management  |  Global Academy of Finance and Management

How do i register?
What is included in the online certification package usd 490?
How do i make the payment?

 To Register,  follow the simple instructions described in the eBook.

DIGITAL Certification Package includes: 

  1. Registration, certification, examination, and shipping fee
  2. AAPM accredited certificate that is printed in the United States and ship within three weeks from completion date of the course, certification valid for 2 years.
  3. AAPM membership certificate valid for 2 years.
  4. A reference book to assist in the examination is provided in digital format that is available for download and print.  You may use eBook  reader like Caliber to view this book, Caliber is free for downloads. 
  5. Access to the online examination anytime when you’re ready. 

Payment : Credit / Debit card is accepted via the online payment system.  You can request payment via wire transfer (internet banking),  details will be provided in the email. 

Time is money

Productive, successful people don’t get sucked into social media

Being on social media, checking notifications Facebook, scrolling through pictures on Instagram, reading quick updates on Twitter, whatever it’s part of everyday life. But if you don’t control how much time you spend on it, the hours will fly by and you won’t have accomplished anything on your to-do list.

So either put a time limit on it or set an alarm for when you need to minimize it, close the app, do something else or only get on after completing necessary work projects. Use social media as a reward.


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Director of Training and Certifications, delivering strategic training courses and professional certification programs including project management, risk management, and financial management courses. 30+ years project management and risk management experience. Speaker : Global Academy of Finance and Management

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