It has become commonplace for job seekers in the Household Management field to assert that they are “Certified” by virtue of having attended and graduated from a particular school. Sadly, the designation “Certified” is meaningless in far too many cases. It is a true shame when we consider that these job seekers have paid a great deal of money and invested a significant amount of time in achieving something they were led to believe had value in the labor market.
The simple definition for “Certification” is “independent verification of a certain level of expertise in a particular area.” The key words here are “independent” and “verification.” It means that a third party outside and independent of the school verifies that the required steps to achieving the designation “Certified Household Manager” have been completed. Usually the third party is either a branch of government or a universally recognized professional organization. Think of Michelin stars and restaurants. These third party bodies are obligated to perform ongoing evaluations to confirm that the school is meeting its responsibilities and teaching its students the skills and knowledge it committed to fulfill.
Without the active and participatory backing of the above bodies, many “Certificates” are unfortunately not worth the expensive paper they are printed on. Failure of these third party bodies to practice due diligence and investigate or make inquiries also nullifies the validity of the term “Certified.”
It is completely insufficient for a school to independently deem a graduate “Certified.” Doing so may satisfy the school’s financial objectives, but it also undermines the field of private service by diminishing the prestige of the profession. As such, it behooves each of us to ask the right questions when investigating schools and demand that schools do a better job of providing justification for their use of the word “Certified.” In other words, just because they say it, doesn’t mean it’s true.
In the end, it is the student who suffers the most. In addition, the ongoing project of professionalizing Household Management is also a casualty of indifferent oversight and sloppy use of terminology. Prospective students would be shocked by the lack of oversight of small schools in North America. Household Management schooling is far too often the wild west of education where anything goes.
I’ve written previously encouraging students to peel back the layers of hype when choosing a Household Management school. Words like “Certified,” “Certification,” “Certificate,” etc. are all within the lexicon of hype. It is only through careful scrutiny of the various Household Management schools that students will find comfort and reassurance that the word “Certified” will actually mean something once they have graduated. Household Management is a true profession. It should only ever be paired with the word “Certified” when the latter has meaning and merit.
Article written by Scott Munden who is the founder of Toronto-based, Portico Staffing. Private service professionals can learn more about Scott’s recruitment services by visiting his company website >>> https://www.porticostaff.com