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Certifications (Part 2)

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It is difficult to validate a person’s skills when you are meeting them for the first time. Certifications provide a visual validation that the person has been trained, has the needed experience, or completed the requirements for the credential. Not all certifications are created equal so it is important to seek out the ones that are deemed relevant to each industry in order to instill the desired confidence. The certifications that are considered elite normally suffice to satisfy bidder’s criteria for projects so you can kill two birds with one stone by obtaining the proper certifications.

The best places to inquire about the proper certifications to pursue are the professional organizations that govern the respective industry. For example, if a person wants to pursue work in the area structured cabling (cabling for computer, telephone, and similar systems), then asking BICSI which certifications are best would be a great place to start. With the recommended certifications in hand, the person will have credibility as they meet potential customers and engage work opportunities.

Another benefit of certifications is increasing the person’s street value. Organizations benefit from having certified people on staff since it sets them apart from other companies that don’t spend the time and money to accomplish these achievements. Each employee is an asset so the more qualified they are the better and this is partly validated by certifications.

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Sean Crain is founder and CEO of Orion Security Solutions (OSS). Prior to starting OSS, Sean spent over eight years with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Officer working in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Switzerland, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, and Columbia.

He received advanced training in the techniques and methodologies of counter intelligence and anti-terrorism in order to carry out responsibilities which included designing, installing, and maintaining state-of-the-art security solutions to protect national security information, U.S Embassies and other sensitive U.S. facilities, and diplomatic personnel, including U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State. Sean was also called upon to design and implement security protocols and systems which included video surveillance, intruder detection, access controls, locks, perimeter security, and assessments. He also played an integral role in writing the U.S. Department of State security policies for post communications centers, controlled access areas, and building management systems in U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and inter-agency facilities worldwide.