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    Hello, i am interested in taking a PCB designer class but was wondering about certification. Courses can offer certificates but will they be recognized by industry (i.e. looking for jobs)? Fedevel PCB courses have certificates. Also, this IPC has a certification program https://www.ipc.org/ContentPage.aspx...-Certification . Can you tell me what is the similarities and differences between these courses and address the issues of industry recognized certifications?

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    Honestly, I do not know how certificates can be recognized in CVs. Some companies and some countries may require some certificates, but as now you can literally get a certificate almost everywhere (and you do not need to even attend the course), I am not sure how much value they have.

    At FEDEVEL Academy, we provide a proper certificate - people have to send me screenshots / projects from their activities and I review them. Of course there are people who are much better and some are really lazy, but no one gets FEDEVEL Academy certificate just for signing up for a course. We also create physical certificates printed on special paper and with a hologram sticker. It is not just an automatically generated pdf (all our pdf certificates are real certificates scanned into pdf).

    Now, how companies recognize FEDEVEL Academy certificates? I do not know. But you can explain what I just described above, it may help. Also, it may help in case if your competition is exactly the same as you, but they do not have any certificates.

    PS: When I am hiring people for our company, I personally do not really care much about certificates, but I do notice these certificates. Certificates say, that people are willing to make some extra effort to learn something new.

    PSS: There may be countries where a lot of work is based on people with all the kind of certificates. For example in the US.

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