With unemployment rates steadily increasing, the prospects of getting a high-paying job in Nigeria can seem like a mirage. According to the NBS Nigeria (National Bureau of Statistics), at least 17 million citizens between the ages of 15 and 64 are either unemployed or underemployed.
This gives a taste of the fierce competition for well-paying jobs. For the average Nigerian who just wants to survive, this is a tough struggle. To compound these problems, University level certificates have little or no value in today’s current global workforce climate.
This is where professional courses come in: they give one that extra edge in the rat race to financial freedom by positioning you as an expert in a particular field. The successful completion of a professional course would yield a professional certification. The objective is to focus on getting you grounded in a particular field and increase your chances of getting better high paying jobs where you will offer proper expert solutions to problems.
These professional courses and certifications are most times awarded by the relevant body or association in your chosen field and they are available for only graduates, although some can be undertaken by undergraduates, e.g. ICAN. Professional certifications give you the relevant skill and knowledge required and also give your employer a clear indication that you are well-grounded in your chosen career path.
TOP PROFESSIONAL COURSES IN NIGERIA
In a super competitive labour market like Nigeria, distinguishing yourself from others in the game is extremely important. Here are some professional courses that will boost your CV and improve your marketability.
1. CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF TAXATION OF NIGERIA CERTIFICATION (CITN)
Initially called the Association of Tax Administrators and Practitioners, this body was formed in 1982. They strive to promote tax administration and practice and also offer professional courses to both individuals and companies seeking to improve productivity and knowledge of tax matters. Those with ICAN or ANAN certification, including a one-year post membership experience, are eligible to apply for direct membership without having to write any exams.
2. INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS OF NIGERIA (ICAN)
Known as one of the most prestigious professional bodies in the country, ICAN was established in 1960 by an Act of Parliament. ICAN is both a professional accountancy body and regulatory authority, training thousands of aspiring accountants all over the country. The ICAN professional exam, which is in 3 stages, is open to both graduate and undergraduate students and is also accessible to non-accounting students. Every organization needs an accountant, so an ICAN certification opens the door to a whole lot of opportunities, especially for individuals with a flair for accounting, tax, and auditing.
3. CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF BANKERS OF NIGERIA (CIBN)
This is the umbrella professional body for all bankers in Nigeria. The CIBN was formed in 1976 as the Nigerian Institute of Bankers and Chartered in 1990 (now CIBN Act 5 of 2007). The professional examination is in three stages: Diploma, Intermediate Professional, and Chartered Banker Levels. The successful completion of the three stages will lead to the award of the Certificate known as the Associateship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB). This certification will make you stand out in an industry that is quite competitive. Also, the exams are open to graduates of any discipline.
4. PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS (PMP)
This is a great choice for anyone irrespective of their field. Being one of the most recognized and respected professional certifications in the world, it is offered by project management institutes to those who are keen on learning how to handle projects from start to finish. Notable employers of certified MPs are Governments, commercial organizations, and individuals. Institutes that offer this training include Harrybaker Training Institute, iSTAT Academy and Simplilearn Solutions.
6. ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL ACCOUNTANTS OF NIGERIA (ANAN)
This is another regulatory body like ICAN. A financial consultant offering services in Nigeria must be a member of either ICAN or ANAN. Headquartered in Abuja and chartered in 1993, this association has a certified school called The Nigerian College of Accountancy, which is a graduate-level school where students are taught what it takes to become international and reputable accountants. Students who are admitted must pass the professional exams after 9 rigorous months of studies at the college before they can be inducted as ANAN members.
7. NIGERIA INSTITUTION OF ESTATE SURVEYORS AND VALUERS
This institution was formed in 1969 as a non-profit voluntary professional organization to see to the needs of general practice surveyors in the country. There are 4 grades of membership (Professional, Non-Professional, Corporate, and Honorary) and 5 exams in total. SSCE holders, as well as B.Sc and HND holders in Estate Management, are eligible to apply. Gaining this certification will say a lot about the high standard and professional conduct of your practice as an Estate Management expert.
These are both Information Technology certifications from a company called Cisco Systems. CCNA means Cisco Certified Network Associate while CCNP means Cisco Certified Network Professional. Cisco Systems is one of the largest networking companies in the world and they offer these courses for intending specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless, and video solutions. The salary package for a CCNP is quite attractive, standing at an impressive $70,000 – $100,000+ per annum, depending on the level you attain.
9. GOOGLE COURSES
In this era of digital monetisation, it is incredibly important to take advantage of courses that teach digital skills and Google offers an array of these courses. From digital marketing to advertising and even product management, Google offers and even throws in a few for free. In 2020, Google introduced the GOOGLE DIGITAL SKILLS FOR AFRICA Initiative in conjunction with various training partners, which aims at training young people in digital skills. The future of work is online and Google is ensuring that everyone can get on the train and learn digital skills that they can offer as solutions to world problems.
This list is by no means exhaustive. We hope this is helpful.