Why are Credentials Important?

Credentialing is important for several reasons:

Civilian credentialing can contribute to military career development, and may be accepted for self-development requirements and in performance evaluations.

Civilian credentialing can contribute to career development, and may be accepted for self-development requirements (e.g. Individual Development Plan (IDP)) and in performance evaluations.

Federal, state, or local law may require specific credentials to legally perform some jobs.

Federal, state, or local law may require specific credentials to legally perform some jobs.

Employers may choose to hire only employees who have certain credentials, or to pay those employees more.

Employers may choose to hire only employees who have certain credentials, or to pay those employees more.

Credentials may improve an employee's prospects for promotion.

Credentials may improve an employee's prospects for promotion.

Credentialed Service members demonstrate to prospective civilian employers that their skills are on par with their civilian peers.

Credentialed federal employees demonstrate to civilian employers that their skills are on par with their civilian peers.