Holders of the CERA credential achieve their professional status by passing a set of examinations. Unlike other professions, many professionals who earn the CERA credential do so while working in the business world and receive on-the-job training while enrolled in the examination process.
The CERA credential exam process may be completed through self-study and does not require specific university coursework or areas of study. A degree in business or math is helpful, but other majors in economics, liberal arts or finance are applicable.
In addition, individuals earning the CERA credential enjoy learning, like to solve complex problems, enjoy writing and talking to people, can work effectively alone or as part of a team, are interested in a variety of historical, social, legislative, and political issues and are self-motivated achievers.
Skills needed to be a CERA
- Specialized math knowledge in calculus, statistics and probability
- Keen analytical, project management and problem-solving skills
- Good business sense in finance, accounting and economics
- Solid oral and written communication skills
- Strong computer skills in spreadsheets, statistical analysis programs, database manipulation, programming languages and word processing programs
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