“It’s perfect timing [for the certification to be released], because people need these skills. People can Google, but a lot of times they don’t know what to do with that information,” she said. “It’s important for students to be proficient so they know how to use the data.”
Sutton said the certification, which was launched last November, is unique in that it isn’t a traditional multiple-choice test, but presents test-takers with real-life scenarios.
“It’s not product training,” Sutton said. “It’s seeing if you can use and apply the skills you possess. It reflects what we do every day.”
Sutton said the certification is geared toward the business environment, adding that as the test becomes more broadly available and understood, he believes more companies will begin to look for applicants with the iCritical Thinking Certification.
“Based on the current economy, it’s so relevant for students to become more competitive. They need to be able to hit the ground running,” he said.