To pursue certification – or not – remains a classic and polarizing
question. It is also a highly personal decision that each individual needs to
evaluate in the context of their own career interests, goals, and accompanying sense
of professional connection and responsibility.
Most of the current and former CCEs, I would venture,
became certified not because they were hoping for a raise or that their
employers required it, but rather they did it for themselves and to grow the
profession. After all, healthcare is –
and appropriately so – a heavily credentialed industry. Those wishing to work in such an environment should
also be so credentialed even if not formally required.
Becoming certified does
not mean that you are necessarily any more competent than those who are not; it
does however advertise your heightened sense of commitment to the profession
and may give your credibility a continued boost as well.
Yes, getting certified does take mental effort, time, and
money. There’s also the risk that you won’t pass the exam. In the end, however, it is in the pursuit –
doing the mental pushups – from which you grow and learn. So and if you’ve been
on the CCE exam fence, but also love what you do and are proud to be a clinical
engineer - just dive in and go for it!
You may be surprised to discover that you know more than you think!
Larry Fennigkoh, CCE