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June 29
Another view on the why of certification - Larry FennigkohEdit

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​ 


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