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How to List a Professional Certificate on a Resume

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Listing any appropriate professional certificates on your resume may help recruiters better assess your qualifications. When reviewing a resume, a recruiter needs to check if the applicant's skills and experience match the job description of the vacant position. Professional certificates allow you to prove that you possess a certain skill or knowledge, and can help recruiters during this assessment process. You can add a professional certificate to your resume by using the correct format.

Add a new entry under the "Education" section of your resume.

Type the complete name of the certification that you have obtained and the name of the institution that issued it.

Add, on the same line, the year you obtained the professional certificate. If relevant, you can also add the year you renewed your certification.


Paul Higgins has been working as a writer since 2005, covering topics such as travel, technology, health and finance. He has also served as a Web developer and information technology trainer for more than 10 years. Higgins graduated from the University of Denver in 2006.