Why You Don’t Need A VA Certification

I’ve noticed a lot of new Virtual Assistant Certification training programs on the market lately and just wanted to point something out that you may not be aware of.

The Virtual Assistant Industry Is Not A Standardized Industry

It does not have a committee or governing body that has certified specific standards that Virtual Assistants must meet to be considered certified.

There Is No True “Virtual Assistant Certification”.

There is no Industry Approved Accreditation. It’s not like the Project Management or IT Industries where there are governing bodies and true certification programs.

Now, I know there are a few organizations that offer certifications, just be aware of what they mean by certified. Ask questions like “What do you need to do to obtain the certification and what do you get from it?

There’s a big difference between completion and certification. A completion certificate shows that you successfully completed a training program. A certification means you’ve passed a test given by an accredited body. There isn’t one for the VA Industry. It’s a marketing ploy – don’t fall for it.

Do Your Research Before Investing In Any Programs

Find out how long they’ve been in the industry, how long they’ve been in business and if they’re selling their own stuff or if they bought it from someone else (PLR) and are just putting their name on it. Ask around about their programs or ask for testimonials. Do they have a refund policy? If so, what is it?

The bottom line is you don’t need to be certified to be a successful Virtual Assistant and be sure you understand what you’re getting for your investment of both time and money.

I’d love to hear from you. All comments and questions are welcome.

Thanks for reading – Susan

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Written by Susan Mershon

Susan Mershon started The Techie Mentor™ in 2013 to teach Virtual Assistants her no-fluff approach to the systems and skills they need to build and automate a successful business.

With a strong base in project management, Susan brings her love of systems and teaching to offer in-depth training and mentoring to new and experienced Virtual Assistants.

She’s taught over 5,000 students her unique systems and strategies that focus on offering high-end skills that give you the freedom to work when and where you want.

To learn more about The Techie Mentor™ and the systems and skills she teaches without all the fluff or hype go to The Techie Mentor website.


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  1. Cherise Tricia Fung

    What about the International Virtual Assistants Association, IVAA? – ivaa.org/about

    • Susan Mershon

      They’re all about helping Virtual Assistants and to my knowledge do not offer a certification. Even if they did, it is not accredited since the industry is not.

  2. Kathie Thomas

    Some great points there Susan, thanks for sharing.

    • Susan Mershon

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment – much appreciated 😉

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