Professional Certifications and Skills Certifications

White House Executive Order

On June 26 2020, The President of the United States issued an executive order aimed at modernizing and reforming the assessment and hiring of federal job candidates. This order emphasizes merit-based reforms that shift the focus from degree-based hiring to skills- and competency-based hiring. The goal is to ensure that individuals best suited to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of specific positions are selected, aligning with the principles of the merit system.

As a result of this order, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will revise qualifications for federal jobs within the next six months. The executive order allows a federal agency to mandate a minimum educational requirement only when it is legally necessary to perform the duties of a position in a specific state or locality.

This move by the Trump administration seeks to prioritize job skills over college degrees in government hiring practices. It aims to create a level playing field for all applicants, giving them an equal opportunity to showcase their abilities and secure federal jobs without being solely dependent on possessing a college degree.


  1. (The White House)
  2. (USA Today)
  3. (Inside Higher Ed)

Here is a short list of Professional Development and Certifications that are recognized by the CHEQS and the Commission

  1. AFA Accredited Financial Analyst ®
  2. AMA Accredited Management Accountant ®
  3. AMC Accredited Management Consultant ®
  4. ChE Chartered Economist ®
  5. CIPM Certified International Project Manager ®
  6. MFP Master Financial Planner ®
  7. CRA Certified Risk Analyst ®
  8. CTEP Chartered Trust and Estate Planner ®
  9. CWM Chartered Wealth Manager ®
  10. RBA Registered Business Analyst ™
  11. MMC Master Management Consultant ®
  12. MPM Master Project Manager ®
  13. CLC  Certified Leadership Consultant ™
  14. ChFM Chartered Financial Manager ™
  15. RFS Registered Financial Specialist ™
  16. CPM Chartered Portfolio Manager ™
  17. CAM Chartered Asset Manager  ™
  18. FAD Financial Analyst Designate ™
  19. CPE Certified Planning Engineer ™
  20. CMA Chartered Marketing Analyst ™
  21. CHR Certified in Human Resources 
  22. Agile PM Certification 
  23.  CCA Certified Compliance Analyst 
  24. MQM Master Quality Manager 
  25. CEC Certified e-Commerce Consultant