Certifications

At a Glance
  • Certification is crucial not just to ensure high productivity, but in many cases is also necessary to define the limits of legal liability.
  • In cases where countries lack the resources to establish their own national certification systems, the adoption of best practices from other national systems may be a useful point of departure.
  • From an employer’s perspective, certification programs: simplify recruitment; increase employee engagement and commitment; increase employee satisfaction and retention; showcase investment in training; and recognize workforce value and hard-earned skills.
  • From an employee’s perspective, national certification programs: recognize knowledge, training and skills; increase mobility in the workforce, and allow workers to compete for higher-level occupations and careers.
  • Well-designed certifications help validate that workers have the required knowledge and skills, and allow workers to be productive from “day 1.”

Key Resources

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Norwegian Oil and Gas Recommended Guidelines on Competence Requirements for Drilling and Well Service Personnel

These detailed guidelines present the necessary competence requirements for well service and drilling employees in the Norwegian petroleum ...

Recommended Guidelines for a Common Model for Work Permits

These guidelines look specifically at how to establish a common practice for the use of work permits. This model includes work permits for ...

Worker Certification: A Tool for Responsible Mine Closure and Worker Redeployment

This report discusses worker redeployment as a result of mine closures, and looks specifically at the Canadian Mining Certification Program ...

The Canadian Mining Certification Program

This online resource provides information regarding The Canadian Mining Certification Program (CMCP), the only one of its kind in Canada. ...

Topic Briefing

Certification is one of the most important ways that extractive industries can be assured of a work force with adequate skills and qualifications. Certification is crucial not just to ensure high productivity, but in many cases is also necessary to define the limits of legal liability. National certification schemes play an important role in this context, and in cases where countries lack the resources to establish their own national certification systems, the adoption of best practices from other national systems may be a useful point of departure.

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From the perspective of the employer, certification programs simplify recruitment; increase employee engagement and commitment; increase employee satisfaction and retention; showcase investment in training, and recognize workforce value and hard-earned skills. From the perspective of the employee, national certification programs recognize knowledge, training and skills; increase mobility in the workforce, and allow workers to compete for higher-level occupations and careers. Skills certifications can be mapped to career pathways throughout many sectors, as well as to educational pathways to help students who need to pick the right courses, transitioning workers who need to add new skills for new jobs, and current workers who need to upgrade skills in order to adapt to new technologies or business processes.

Furthermore, the certification of individuals is an important tool for developing and maintaining a country’s technical workforce, as are postsecondary programs that are consistent with industry-identified skills. Certification programs yield credentials with direct value in the marketplace. Nationally and internationally recognized certifications cut across all professions and have been in common use for many years in some manufacturing and industrial sectors. Well-designed certifications help validate that workers have the required knowledge and skills, and they allow workers to be productive from “day 1.”