If you have career-related life experience, you may qualify for Professional Certification or Master Certification.

IAP Career College offers certification through IAPO for individuals who have worked to establish themselves as professionals in their career field. IAPO is the International Association of Professional Organizations, an association of over 100 professional membership organizations affiliated with IAP Career College.

Who is Eligible for Professional Certification

IAPO now provides professional certification to applicants in the career field of their choice, with the exception of professions that legally require certification or licensing to be provided solely under the authority of a government body or other organization. All applicants must confirm they have read and understood this requirement.

The minimum requirement to become an IAPO Certified Professional is a combination of experience and education equivalent to three (3) years of full-time employment, while the minimum requirement to become IAPO Master Certified is the equivalent of five (5) years of full-time employment.

If you do not yet have years of full-time employment in your career, you may be able to achieve IAPO Professional Certification by providing evidence of relevant life experience demonstrating your knowledge and expertise in that career.

Applicants may choose from a menu of dozens of life experience options chosen by a team of IAP Career College faculty members with expertise in professional education. Life experiences that may count towards professional certification include: self-employment, volunteer work, continuing education, mentoring, and more.

The life experience options have point values, with a minimum of 60 points needed to qualify for IAPO Professional Certification and a minimum of 100 points needed to qualify for Master Certification. You can see a list of life experience options and values on the Life Experience Qualifications page.

What Is Included With Professional Certification

Successful applicants for Professional Certification have the option of receiving all of the following services and benefits included with the certification.

  • The right to use an IAPO professional certification designation after your name on business cards and marketing materials. Current designations are IAPOC for IAPO Professional Certification and IAPMC for IAPO Master Certification.
  • Listing in the online member directory of IAPO International Association of Professional Organizations as a Certified Professional, including information about you and your professional services plus a link to your website.
  • (Optional) Announcement by IAP Career College of your achievement with a photo of you and link to your website.
  • Downloadable IAPO Certified Professional or IAPO Master Certified certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College.
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college.

How to Apply for Professional Certification

Here are the steps to apply for IAPO Professional Certification or IAPO Master Certification:

1. First go to the Life Experience Qualifications page. That page lists the various life experiences that can count towards professional certification, with points given for each type of experience. That page also explains how to provide evidence of your experience.

2. Prepare the list of your qualifying life experiences.

3. Assemble all your supporting documents so they can be uploaded with your application.

4. Click on APPLY NOW. That will take you to a page where you will fill out the application form with supporting documents and submit your payment.

5. Your application and supporting materials will be reviewed within 15 business days by personnel from International Association of Professions Career College which administers the IAPO Professional Certification and IAPO Master Certification programs.

APPLICATION FEE: The application fee for IAPO Professional Certification is $197 U.S. and the fee for IAPO Master Certification is $297. This fee may be tax deductible as a business expense. IAPO MEMBERS SAVE 33%: Use coupon code IAPO for a 33% discount off the regular application fee. If your application is unsuccessful, your application fee will be fully refunded.

SPRING DEADLINE: Apply by June 30, 2024

After you have read the information on this page and assembled your supporting documents, click the “APPLY NOW” button below to submit your application for IAPO Professional Certification or IAPO Master Certification.

Register for the Professional Certification Based on Life Experience

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REGISTRATION FEE: The Professional Certification Based on Life Experience, including all services and benefits, is valued at $797 U.S. As this is a new program, the course is currently being offered for a reduced fee depending on your starting date.

For 2024, the course is scheduled to be offered once per semester. The registration fee for the course is $. This fee may be tax deductible as a business expense, and is fully refundable if your application is not accepted for any reason.

If the course is full, please email support@iapcollege.com to be notified when a new course date is scheduled.

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Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

Established online in 1999, the parent company of IAP Career College (known as FabJob) is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and respected news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

We invite you to learn more about the online certificate courses we offer you by visiting our Certificate Courses page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions to help you decide whether an online certificate course from the International Association of Professions Career College is right for you.

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About IAP Career College

IAP Career College, also known as the International Association of Professions Career College, is a private online career college affiliated with FabJob Inc, the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career, serving hundreds of thousands of career changers on six continents since 1999. Learn more about us.

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