I got my first designation back in 1981. That in it self gives me a moment for thought, but I digress. There's a number of reasons to acquire designations. One IS for the education. We are in one of the few professions that are allowed to earn while we learn! You decide which ones are important to you or to the clientele you want to develop.
Second, lets others like me know you have the knowledge when I'm looking for someone to care for my clients. Take the designation; CRS. The slogan that was use for several decades was, "The CRS is comparable to having a Master's Degree".
The idea is that we have completed hours of advanced study in whatever it is we do. We have the pleasure, or not, to pay annually to keep the designation once we earn it. It also gives you have the right to attend other programs that are offered, An example is Raincamp in another location, Conferences. As a member you have the privilege of attending or not! The importance of your designation is what you decide to do with it and to use it for your betterment!
Learning is an ongoing event. We never learn it all! And we we think we have; someone comes along and changes the game. In my long and wonderful career, I've learned, "Everyday's a School Day".
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