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NCRW - Nationally Certified Resume Writer - Unparalleled Excellence in Resume Writing

Nationally Certified Resume Writer Certification 

Unparalleled Excellence in Resume Writing

Becoming a Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) 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. 

While not a prerequisite, in our experience those with the greatest chance of NCRW exam success have had at least 2 years of experience writing résumés and cover letters as either a new business owner, or as a staff member of a college career, workforce investment or military transition center.

To earn your certification as an NCRW, you must be a member in good standing with the NRWA and complete the Certification Process. 


$175 NRWA Membership

$75 Writing Sample Review

$250 Exam Registration

Additional costs include costs for continuing education credits and potential exam retake fees.


Step 1: Sample Review

The sample submission is to help gauge where you are with your current skills and if you need to prepare more to successfully pass the test. You will receive feedback from an NCRW commission grader that will help you prepare for the test or to submit another sample, if needed. You must receive a "Ready" recommendation from the grader to proceed to the NCRW Exam (Step 3).

Step 2: CE Units (CEU)

NCRW candidates must report 10 in-house Continuing Education Units (CEU) that the candidate has earned within three years prior to taking the NCRW Exam. CEUs can be earned from a variety of sources including presentations, conferences and workshops, coursework, and more.

NCRW status is valid for three years. To maintain status, NCRWs must maintain continuous membership in the NRWA and earn at least 15 CEUs between three-year renewals.

Step 3: Exam

After completing steps 1 and 2, NCRW candidates may register for the two-part examination. The first part of the exam is a timed proofreading exam of a resume that is full of errors. In the second part of the exam, candidates will be provided a candidate profile and asked to write a resume and cover letter based solely on the information in the candidate profile provided.

Further questions about the NCRW Certification Process? Check out our FAQs!

Advisory Board:

Sally McIntosh (Chair) 
Pat Kendall
Judy Friedler
Michelle Dumas
Kimberly Isaacs
Mary Jo King

Grading Panel:

Norine Dagliano
Nelly Grinfeld
Kathy Keshemberg
Cheryl Minnick
Ashley Watkins

Please contact with any questions.

The National Résumé Writers' Association
2331 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050

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