Professional Certification: Value

The Forum Professional Certification in Education Abroad credential is valuable to the professionals who earn it; to the students they serve; to the institutions and organizations they represent; and to the education abroad field as a whole.

The Forum Professional Certification in Education Abroad:

Is Based Upon Recognized Standards.
Certification in education abroad validates fundamental knowledge of the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, recognizes the ability to articulate and to apply the Standards; establishes advanced capabilities in analysis and synthesis of the Standards; and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Supports Quality Education Abroad at Colleges, Universities and Program Provider Organizations.
Senior administrators can be assured of the quality of The Forum Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program and know that their personnel have been certified by the Standards Development Organization for the field of education abroad. Certified individuals will contribute significantly to the goal of ensuring high quality education abroad programming at institutions and organizations.

Improves the Education Abroad Field.
Through their application of the Standards of Good Practice, certified professionals ensure quality education abroad programming, making The Forum Professional Certification in Education Abroad a vital contribution to improving the quality of the education abroad field as a whole.

Enhances Careers.
The Forum Professional Certification in Education Abroad is a voluntary demonstration of competency, and as such demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

Promotes Lifelong Learning.
Participants in The Forum Professional Certification in Education Abroad program are required to complete workshops and specially-designed assignments. Once certified, colleagues continue to pursue further professional development opportunities in order to maintain active certification status.


Testimonials

Cara Lane Toomey“At AMIDEAST, I interact daily with students, parents, school officials, and our on-site staff, providing logistical information, marketing information, and oversight of program quality for programs in the Middle East and North Africa. Each of these stakeholders looks to our AMIDEAST headquarters office to provide guidance. While I am able to draw on my past experiences, I decided to enroll in the Forum’s Professional Certification in order to expand my knowledge base and improve my ability to provide effective guidance. Through the certification I hope to learn more about the best-practices in our field and to learn from the work of my colleagues.”

~ Cara Lane-Toomey, Director of Education Abroad, AMIDEAST


If you have questions about The Forum Certification in Education Abroad, visit the FAQ page, contact The Forum at certification@forumea.org, or call (717) 254-8968 to speak with a Forum staff member.