Continuing Education

Continuing education can mean many things, depending on whom you talk to. This article deals with continuing education for business professionals who want to update their certification in a particular area. (For more information on certification, navigate to the business certification section on this resource.)

In business, there are many areas that require specific skill sets and specific knowledge bases. Professionals need to know if there are any changes in best practices or technology which will impact the way they perform their jobs.

In addition to receiving associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as PhDs, business students are often required to become certified in one or more areas. For example, in order to become a financial planner, one needs to take the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards program for financial planners.


Other programs, such as the one described above have various educational and experiential requirements for the students in their programs. Often, education is not enough, and individuals must accrue some experience in a given field, generally, before they may choose to specialize their skills with a certification program. To become a certified mortgage banker, for instance, requires at least three years of experience at a banking institution.

So there are plenty of careers in business that require certifications, and there are many certification programs that require an ongoing commitment to remain certified. Continuing education programs must be taken at regular intervals, along with exams. These usually take place every three-to-five years and are not too expensive. They are, however, a necessity for many positions.