I have quite a few letters after my name. They won’t all fit on my business card, and my email signature looks silly if I include all of them. There are some that I can use just for joining an organization and paying my annual membership fee, which seems too easy. But I proudly display the designations for the certifications I’ve achieved, because they all represent many years of experience, hours of studying, and rigorous tests. When someone sees my business card or email signature for the first time, they often key in on the designations they’re familiar with. Those certifications immediately communicate that I have some level of knowledge about the topic – that I made the investment to achieve the certification. Obviously the letters don’t say everything about who I am, but they help with the first impression and then it’s up to me.
One of the most valuable certifications I’ve achieved is that of Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), through the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). I later received an additional CSI certification – Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR). Last fall I attended Arc-US, a conference where I was able to meet with 20+ architects. Because of those letters after my name, I truly believe that our meetings began on a different note than if I didn’t have the certifications. If you work in the door and hardware industry, imagine meeting an architect, locksmith, or end user who is an AHC (Architectural Hardware Consultant). WOW! This person knows something about hardware and made the effort to get their AHC! Becoming a CDT (or beyond) is a way for us to have a similar type of clout in the architectural world.
Last year at this time, I wrote about the reason I decided to take the CDT exam, which involved an embarrassing moment with the Spec King. I respect him very much, so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was to receive a notification from LinkedIn last week, stating that the Spec King had endorsed me in the category of…wait for it…SPECIFICATIONS! I don’t know everything there is to know about specifications but I’ve come a long way, and his acknowledgement of my effort really means a lot.
Still not sure whether you want to make the investment? Attend the free webinar TODAY, February 21st, at 2 p.m. ET. Learn more about the benefits of the CDT certification, and the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Download the FREE CDT Candidate Handbook to help you prepare for the exam.
The registration deadline is February 28th, and the exam will be held April 1st-27th in the US and Canada. Join a local or online study group – it’s great for networking as well as helping you prepare for the exam! For more information, visit the CDT page on CSInet.org.
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