Whether you hold a Certificate in Construction Management (CCM), AGC’s Certificate of Management Lean Construction (CM-LC) or are a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP), displaying these designations and what they stand for are important in building trust and claiming your expertise. On-line is where it counts the most these days and the social network for professionals is LinkedIn. Most often seen is the alphabet soup after the name in a LinkedIn profile. While this shows the letters, not everyone knows what all these designations are. Sure we know CPA is Certified Public Accountant but most letter combinations aren’t quite as obvious.
To add your certifications only takes a minute and here’s how the certifications section appears on your LinkedIn Profile: This will make it clear to those viewing your profile just what those letters after your name mean. It will also add to your credibility.
How to Add Your Construction Certifications to Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn profiles have a new section labeled Certifications, specifically designed to display professional certifications and credentials. This is the most appropriate place to display your status as a CCIFP, CM-LC, CM-BIM, CPA, CCM, CDS, CCA, CPSM, CTS-D, etc. Construction has more certifications that most realize.
This also is good for the insurance and finance professionals with CLU, CFBS, CFS, CIPM, ARM, CRIS, etc.
In LinkedIn, select “Edit your profile” (found under the profile tab), select the “Add sections” link (just below the options to Share PDF or Print), and a box will appear with available sections to add to your profile.
In the Add Sections box, select “Certifications” from the list on the left.
After selecting the “Add to Profile” button, you can enter your certification details.
In the Certification Name field, enter the certification you hold (I’m betting you weren’t familiar with all these) :
Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP)
Certificate in Construction Management (CCM)
Certified Professional Constructor (CPC)
Construction Documents Technologist (CDT)
Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)
Certified Project Manager (CPM)
Certificate in Management-Buuilding Information Modeling (CM-BIM)
Certificate in Management-Lean Construction (CM-LC)
LEED AP Interior Design + Construction (LEED AP ID+C)
General Health and Recordkeeping Specialist for Construction (HRS)
Certified Professional Estimator (CPE)
Green Globes Professional (GGP)
Certified Construction Marketing Professional (CCMP)
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
In the Certification Authority field, enter the appropriate organization and if applicable, your License Number (you can leave this blank) and the duration of the certification. Check the box labeled “The certificate does not expire” if that applies.
Once your entry is complete, select the blue Add Certification button and the certification will appear on your profile. Finish by removing any incorrect reference to your certifications from the employment experience section of your profile.
You may also want to place your certifications before or just after your Summary or specialties section. To do this, while still in Edit Profile, hover over the “Certifications” Heading. You’ll see cross hairs appear that allow you to drag and drop the Certifications section to another spot on your profile.
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