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Certification Preparation

Written by Ashworth College on Tuesday, 09 October 2018. Posted in Career, Why Ashworth

Certification Preparation

Many of our career training programs include certification preparation as an integral part of their course content. We ensure that content in these courses aligns specifically with the content of the corresponding exam, so that the job training you receive gets right to the heart of the skills you need to succeed. When certification is what you need to land the job, Ashworth College is here to help you make that happen!

Scroll through the study areas below to see what kinds of certification preparation our programs can offer. Click on a program name for more details about enrollment, curriculum, and tuition.

Healthcare Programs

CBCS Certification Preparation

Prep to become a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) through our Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma program. The cost of the certification exam, exam prep resources, and your official certificate and wallet ID card are included with program tuition.

Pharm Tech Certification Preparation

The certification required for pharm techs varies based on the laws that regulate the place of employment, that’s why our Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program preps you for two certifications – ExCPT from the National Healthcareer Association and PTCE from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Tuition covers the cost of your choice of certification exam.

IAHCSMM Certification Preparation

Our Sterile Processing Career Diploma program preps you for Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management. Tuition includes the cost of the certification exam.

CMAA Certification Preparation

Work toward adding Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) to your resume in our Medical Office Assistant Career Diploma program. Tuition covers the cost of the certification exam from the National Healthcareer Association, exam prep resources, and your official certificate and wallet ID card are covered by tuition.

Medical Transcription Certification Preparation

A Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) Certification proves to potential employers that you have job skills that will add value to their businesses – even if you’re new to the workforce. Prep for the certification exam from the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity in our Medical Transcription Career Diploma program. Tuition includes the cost of the exam.

Healthcare Compliance Officer Certification Preparation

Undergraduate degree holders can prep to become a Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™) in our single-semester Healthcare Compliance Graduate Certificate program. The cost of the exam from AAPC and a one-year AAPC membership are both included with tuition.

Trades Programs

EPA 608 Certification Preparation

In the U.S., technicians who work with coolant must meet a skills requirement set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Prep for EPA Section 608 Certification in our Heating and Air Conditioning Career Diploma program. The cost of the certification exam from the ESCO Institute is included with tuition.

ASE Certification Preparation

Prep for a variety of tests in the ASE-Certified Master Automobile Technicians series with one or all of our automotive programs. Whether you’re a weekend hobbyist or aspiring professional mechanic, ASE-aligned training meets an industry standard. Study for tests A1, A4, A5, and A6 in our Automotive Technician Career Certificate program; A2 in our Automotive Automatic Transmissions Career Certificate program; A3 in our Automotive Manual Drive Trains Career Certificate program; A7 in our Automotive HVAC Career Certificate program; or A8 in our Automotive Engine Performance Career Certificate program.

Technology Programs

AutoCAD Certification Preparation

Getting certified in AutoCAD is the first step of your professional path in computer-aided design and drafting. Our AutoCAD Career Diploma program is affordable, self-paced prep for Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User Certification. Tuition covers the certification exam, a practice test, and a retest.

CompTIA Certification Preparation

A+ certifications on your resume can establish you as a top-grade candidate in the eyes of IT employers. In our Computer Service and Repair Career Diploma program, you’ll prep for CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 certification exams delivered at Pearson VUE testing Centers. Tuition covers the cost of both exams.

Business Programs

Bookkeepers Certification Preparation

National Bookkeepers Association certifications assure potential employers that your skills meet a national standard. Depending on your desired job path, you can prep for their Uniform Bookkeeper Certification Exam in our Accounting Basics Career Diploma program or our Bookkeeping Career Diploma program. Tuition includes the exam, practice test, and your official certificate.

Tax Preparation Certification Prep

Prep for the Uniform Tax Certification Exam by the National Bookkeepers Association by enrolling in our Tax Preparation Career Diploma program. Tuition includes the exam, practice test, and your official certificate.

Payroll Certification Preparation

Our Payroll Clerk Career Diploma program preps you for the Uniform Payroll Certification Exam by the National Bookkeepers Association. Tuition includes the exam, practice test, and your official certificate. Tuition includes the exam, practice test, and your official certificate.

Food Handler Certification Preparation

Food preparation is highly-regulated by local public health agencies and federal laws. Earning your ServSafe® Food Handler Certification is a must if you’re headed toward a hospital career. Prep for the National Restaurant Association exam in our Hotel and Restaurant Management Career Diploma program, or our Gourmet Cooking and Catering Career Diploma program.

NCSF Personal Trainer Certification Preparation

Having your Personal Trainer Certification (CPT) boosts your value in the eyes of potential clients in the competitive wellness market. Our Personal Trainer Career Diploma programs preps you for the certification exam from the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Tuition includes the cost of the exam and a practice test.

If you have questions about our certification prep programs please contact one of our Admissions Advisors at 1-800-957-5412.

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Life Hacks How to Write the Perfect Resume

You’re qualified for the job and you know your skillset is just what employers are looking for. But before you apply, make sure you know how to market yourself. There are dozens of other potential candidates so you need to stand out! A well-designed resume that’s neatly organized and packed with action verbs can help you make a lasting impression. If your resume is lacking luster, here’s what you should do to present your qualifications in a way that’ll put you above the competition.

Set yourself apart

Resumes are an essential part of the job search. While they may not be the most exciting to create, they’re crucial. It’s important to write and design a resume that will stand out. After all, job hunting is like a competition. You’re trying to relay that you’re the best candidate for the job through your resume.

Follow these tips when creating your resume.

  • Design matters. Just like you’d dress-up for an interview you need to make sure your resume looks presentable, too. You want to catch the hiring manager’s eye, so stand out! Set yourself apart with an aesthetically pleasing design that uses white space, a splash of color, and doesn’t make your resume look clunky and text heavy. If you need some inspiration check out these designs. But, remember not to go overboard with your design. Avoid busy detail and clashing of colors.
  • Put critical information first. You don’t want to make hiring managers search for what they need. Make sure your contact information is easily found and don’t forget to include a personal profile or summary. Here, you should explain your area of expertise and really sell yourself.
  • Share your experience. You need to show you have the experience needed to succeed. List the companies you worked for, the dates you worked there, and include details surrounding your position and your accomplishments while employed.
  • You have the smarts. Show off your education! Share where you studied, when you graduated, the degree or certificate you earned, and any academic accomplishments that really stand out.
  • A little bit of extra stuff. If you volunteer, coach a sports team, or maybe you’re a board member, list it! Responsibilities outside of work show that you’re driven and dedicated.

Remember, your resume shouldn’t exceed one page. Keep it neat, organized, and concise while also highlighting what’s important.

Show off your skills

You have a lot of skills and you want to show them off, but some skills are more important than others. Highlight the competencies you have been taught to perform, what are traditionally called hard skills. It may help to make a list of the training you received either in your field of study or on the job. For example, a Medical Billing and Coding specialist should list their ICD-10-CM coding skills. A Pharmacy Technician should list their knowledge of sterile and nonsterile compounding. Employers want to see hard skills, or skills that are teachable, on your resume. Other examples of hard skills to include are if speak another language, have a certification, or computer programming skills.

Soft skills are equally as important. Employers are seeking candidates who communicate well, have a positive attitude, and possess problem-solving skills. You can convey that you have all of these skills in your resume by having well-written descriptions, giving concrete evidence in your job experience that you often solve problems, and by using positive words like “won” or “overcame” to show your optimism.

According to Glassdoor, there’s no reason to list skills that most candidates possess. For example, almost everyone understands and uses email and Microsoft Word. Those aren’t skills you’ll want to list.

Include must-have words

Your resume can use some pizazz! When you’re writing about your employment history you should use action verbs to highlight your accomplishments. By starting with an action verb, you’re rounding up what you’ve done and your expertise for hiring managers. Use verbs that showcase your personality. This way, employers will get an idea of who you are and how you’ll fit on their team before they even meet you. Glassdoor lists action words that will elevate your resume and get you noticed! Remember, you should provide examples as often as possible.

Additionally, quantify your achievements. Use numbers to show concrete results when necessary. Customer satisfaction scores, number or percent of closed support tickets, days without OSHA violations or increases in team productivity are all things that hiring managers would care about. This way, hiring managers will have evidence of changes and accomplishments you’ve had at previous organizations.

BONUS: Upskill yourself

Expand your resume by pursuing a degree, certificate, or career diploma in a field you enjoy with Ashworth College. Start your career journey by talking with an Admissions Advisor at .

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Online College Say ‘I Do’ to Your Dream Career as a Wedding Planner

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Make dreams come true

You’re looking for a career to have and to hold, one that encompasses all your skills and makes dreams come true. With a love for planning, parties, and romance it may seem like your talents are more suited as a hobby. However, that’s not the case! Your career match is out there. As a wedding planner, you’ll put your creativity and organizational skills to work as you plan the happily ever after couples are searching for.

You’ll be working with couples from the time of their engagement and beyond. Every step of the way, you’re there helping plan their fairytale wedding. As a wedding planner, you’ll act as a liaison between vendors and the bride and groom. In your Ashworth studies, you’ll complete courses to help prepare for your role such as:

  • Making Dreams Come True. In this course, you’ll learn the role of a bridal consultant, the basics of operating a bridal consulting business, and how to build your professional image.
  • Etiquette, Traditions, and Customs. It’s important to become familiar with wedding customs and traditions. In this course, you’ll learn rituals and traditions from around the world and ethnic customs.
  • Starting Your Business. You’re new to the bridal consulting world. In this course, you’ll learn how to start your own business, how to manage your money, and the legal requirements you’ll need to get started.

Your career will be hard but rewarding work. You’ll witness the impact you’ve had as you watch the bride and groom celebrate their special day with loved ones and guests.

Tie the knot with a career you enjoy

As a wedding planner, you’ll be busy helping couple’s dreams become a reality, all while starting your own business and traveling and coordinating events. Your work will be unpredictable, but exciting! With an 11% expected job growth by 2026, now is the time to become a wedding planner.

When you enroll you’ll also receive a one-year membership to the Association of Bridal Consultants® (ABC). With the membership, you’ll have access to workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities.

Walk down the aisle towards your happily ever after with a career as a wedding planner. Take the first steps towards making nuptial dreams come true by calling an Admissions Advisor at 1-888-230-4013.

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Life Hacks Trust Us, People Care What You Wear to Work

You’ve probably heard the saying, “look good, feel good.” It’s true, especially when you’re saddling up for a new career adventure. Looking good means you feel better about yourself and you stand a little taller. You want to feel confident going into an interview and then at work once you land a job!

Then, you start the job and for a few weeks you dress your best, alternating between your nicest tops, polos, and pants. But before you know it, you’re comfortable and your job isn’t so new. You fall back into old habits and start wearing your comfiest yoga pants and hoodies. You may feel relaxed, but your outfit tells your boss and coworkers that you have low drive and opportunities in the workplace may pass you by. Don’t make this mistake! Here’s why you should put some pep in your step with your style choices at work.

Look good, feel good, do good.

You may not realize that what you wear and your job performance go hand in hand, but think about it: When you feel good about yourself you project good out into the world, and ultimately, your work space. If you’re confident about the way you look then you’ll be more confident in yourself and the work you do. According to an article published by NPR, a study found that wearing formal clothing makes employees think more like a leader.

But what if your workplace is more laid back? Maybe you don’t need to wear a suit to the office every day. That’s fine, too. Just make sure what you’re wearing is neat, fits well, and is stain free. Don’t wear anything with holes in it, make sure your hair is done, and you look presentable. Also remember, a positive attitude can go a long way! Looking like a professional – and acting like one – is the first step towards success.

Dress for the job you want.

Has anyone ever told you “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? Remember this saying as you get ready for work. If you look like you don’t care then your bosses, coworkers, and customers are going to assume you don’t care, too.

You should treat every day like it’s an interview, a Forbes article advises. Since you’re more than likely being evaluated by your peers at any given time, it’s important to dress your best to show you’re serious about your role.

If you work somewhere where you’re required to wear a uniform, it’s probably easier for you, right? Wrong. If you work in retail or the service industry, it’s equally important to put effort into what you look like. While you may have to wear a uniform, you should make sure that it’s stain and wrinkle free without any frays or tears. Make sure you’re well-groomed and any non-uniform parts of your outfit are crisp and professional.

People care what you wear.

Trust us, your coworkers, bosses, and even customers care what you wear. Whether you like it or not what you wear on the outside has a lot to say about the person or worker you are. Putting some effort into what you wear can go a long way. You may not get a promotion right away for wearing a blazer to work every day, but you will build your self-esteem and be more comfortable with yourself. This is equally as important as career growth.

Even if no one says this to you, your managers are evaluating your appearance each day. Dressing in a way that impresses them, or even better, impresses their superiors, means a lot. Each day is an opportunity to put your best foot forward and put a little extra time into you. When you show yourself some love, it shows. Not sure where to begin putting yourself together? All skills can be learned. Check out our Personal Style Career Program to learn more about how to package yourself like the gift you are.

Believing in yourself and being comfortable with who you are and in what you wear is the key to furthering your career journey. Take the time to make sure your clothing choices reflect that you’re hardworking and ready for opportunities that lie ahead.

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