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NAED launching new certification program


June 24, 2008
By Anthony Capkun

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is developing a new certification program for distributors, manufacturers and others in the channel: the Certified Electrical Professional (CEP). The first testing for both inside and outside sales will be offered June 2009. Applicant bulletins will be sent March 2009 and actual applications will be available April 2009.

The
NAED Education and Research Foundation board of directors approved the
Education and Development Council’s (EDC) recommendation to develop an
industry certification program that would validate the training,
baseline knowledge and skills required for key positions in the
industry. Initial certification offerings will be for inside sales and
sales, and NAED plans to offer certification for additional positions
in the future. The Certified Electrical Professional credential is
available to both distributor and manufacturing professionals.




NAED
feels certification gives its holder credibility in the industry and
increases the professionalism of the industry as a whole. By
standardizing and validating the baseline knowledge in such areas as
product knowledge, customer service, sales skills and soft skills, it
ensures that employees have the skills necessary to succeed in the
positions they hold.




“The CEP
credential will provide a way for companies that invest in training and
employees who develop their skills to stand out from their
competition,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED vice-president and executive
director of the NAED Education and Research Foundation. “Certification
requires experience and education, so even though the exams will be
scheduled in 2009, it’s not too early to prepare.”




CLICK HERE for more information about the certification program and suggested courses.