The NCRW Certification Process

Preparing for and passing the NCRW certification exam associates you with The NRWA’s standards of résumé excellence, which reflect sales-focused, relevant, succinct career search documents that are quality oriented and visually appealing.  

To make preparing for the exam as easy as possible, you can download and study the NCRW Certification Study Guide from the Members’ Portal (member login required) to complement your previous résumé training. This comprehensive Study Guide:

  • Presents strong résumé writing concepts and strategies that will assist you in honing your skills as a résumé writer.
  • Is comprehensive and covers various aspects of résumé writing, cover letter composition, proofreading, and electronic résumé preparation.
  • Includes a checklist, to help you proof your work and understand the concepts presented in the NCRW Certification Study Guide.

The NCRW Certification Commission is made up of volunteers who are committed to promoting the highest standards of résumé excellence. Combined, they bring more than 100 years of résumé writing experience to the NCRW program.

Professionals who are considering beginning the certification process are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of two years’ experience in résumé writing, although no amount of experience is required to submit your sample and receive feedback. 

The education earned in studying for this exam is, in itself, a valuable asset to your career. The exam process is comprehensive and covers various aspects of résumé writing, cover letter composition, proofreading, and electronic résumé preparation. 

Perfection is our goal.  Excellence will be tolerated.

NCRW ADVISORY BOARD

Kimberly Isaacs

NCRW since 1997


Pat Kendall

NCRW since 1997


Judy Friedler

NCRW since 1998


Michelle Dumas

NCRW since 1999


Kimberly Schneiderman

Certification Chair

The National Résumé Writers' Association
6000 Gisholt Drive, Suite 200 - Madison, WI 53713

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