Looking for professional courses you can take to add value to yourself and enhance your chances of landing a job? This post will list several possible options to choose from. Young graduates with little or no work experience can boost their C.V with professional certifications. Professional certifications can also give you an edge over your peers at work, and accelerate your promotion.
In Nigeria, several bodies conduct exams and award professional certifications. Some such as ICAN, NIM and so on are quite popular. Others are not so popular but are quite relevant in different fields. Some of these bodies will be discussed in this post but first, here are some professional courses you can take in Nigeria.
List Of Professional Courses In Nigeria
The following are some of the professional courses you can take in Nigeria;
American Case Management Association
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Certified Financial Analyst (CFA)
Certified Wireless Network Administrator
Certified Information Security Auditor
Certified Assistant Project Manager
Certified International Investment Analyst
Certified Wireless Network Professional
Certified Wireless Security Professional
Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Certified Information Security Manager
Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Cisco Certified Design Professional
Cisco Certified Network Associate
Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician
Cisco Certified Network Professional
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria
HSE 1, 2, & 3
Information Technology Infrastructure Library
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrator Nigeria
Institute for Sales and Marketing Management
LPI Level 1
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
Microsoft Certified Professional
Nigerian Institute of Public Relations
Nigeria Institute of Management
Oracle Certified Professional
Oracle Certified Master
Project Management Professional
Red Hat Certified Technician
SANS GIAC Security Essentials Certification
Society for Human Resource Management
Sun Certified Java Developer
There are several bodies backed by law to regulate professional practice in several fields in Nigeria. These bodies conduct professional examinations and award certificates to successful candidates. Some of such bodies are discussed below.
Professional Bodies Conducting Professional Courses and Examinations in Nigeria
- Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM)
The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) of Nigeria was established in 1968. It was then known as the Personnel Management of Nigeria. The institute serves as the umbrella body for practitioners of Personnel Management in Nigeria. Part of the objectives of the institute is to promote and develop the science and practice of personnel management in the country.
The institute offers training programs to Nigerians that are interested in Personnel Management. Upon completing any of their training programs, you will be issued a certificate that will help boost your career. Visit their website at www.cipmnigeria.org to find out more about the institute.
- National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria Certification (NIMN)
This is the body for marketing professionals in Nigeria. Marketers and those in related fields such as sales and so on benefit immensely from this institute. The institute was established in 2003 by an Act of the National Assembly. It is charged with the responsibility of regulating and standardizing marketing professional practice in Nigeria. The institute conducts examinations and training for those in the marketing field as well as those trying to get into marketing. Certificates are issued to successful candidates. Visit the NIMN website at www.thenimn.org.
- Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria Certification (CPIN)
The Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria is the body charged with the training of pension practitioners in Nigeria. The body brings together professional pension administrators and parties that are interested in pension administration in the country. Their website is www.pensioninstitute.com
- Center for Law and Business Certification
The centre provides training for business-oriented people. Those that are interested in becoming business managers and business leaders will benefit greatly from the training organized by the centre. Those that complete the centre’s short-term certification program will earn a certificate to show they have garnered practical experience in a business context, business law competency, and also a mastery of business thinking.
- Business Education Examinations Council
Business Education Examinations Council is duly accredited by the federal government of Nigeria. It is a leading management & staff training organization on the African continent. BEEC provides a wide range of training and development courses to help executives and staff. The council’s examinations are of international standard and its certifications are globally recognized. Visit www.beectraining.com to find out more about the association’s courses.
- Association of National Accountant of Nigeria Certification (ANAN)
ANAN is one of two recognized professional accountancy associations in Nigeria, the other being Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). It was set up in 1979. The body is recognized by law to regulate the accounting profession in the country. Part of its duties is the conduct of training for its members. A financial consult in Nigeria must either be affiliated with ANAN or ICAN.
- Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV)
Originally founded in 1969, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) was officially recognized by the government in 1975. This was via a decree that that established the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON). ESVARBON serves as the regulatory body for Estate Surveyors and Valuers in Nigeria.
The body conducts professional exams and awards certificates to successful candidates. You can find out more about these exams on the NIESV website at www.niesv.org.ng
- Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBNG)
Just as its name implies, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria is a professional body for bankers in Nigeria. It was set up in 1976 but was incorporated in 1976 as the Nigerian Institute of Bankers. It attained chartered status in 1990. The institute is officially recognized as the body in charge of regulating the banking profession in Nigeria. Earning a CIBNG certification will help your banking career in no small way.
- Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria Certification (CTIN)
The institute was founded as the Association of Tax Administrators and Practitioners in 1982. It is the only recognized professional body with the authority to regulate tax practise and administration in Nigeria. Only members of CITN can practice taxation in the country. If you are interested in tax practice and administration, you must be certified by CITN to practice. Visit www.citn.org to learn more about the institute.
- Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN)
ICAN is another body recognized by law in Nigeria to regulate the accounting profession. The other body with such authority in Nigeria is ANAN which I have discussed above. ICAN certified accounting professionals generally fare better in the labour market than those without ICAN or similar certifications. Give your accounting career a boost today by taking ICAN examinations.
Other bodies similarly charged with regulating professional practice and conduct in Nigeria include;
Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (website: www.agmpn.org)
Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (website: www.cisinnigeria.com)
Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (website: www.ciinigeria.com)
Certified Institute of Cost Management (website: www.icmn.org)
Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (website: www.comeg.gov.ng)
Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (website: www.mdcan-ng.org)
Nigeria Bar Association (website: www.nigeriabar.com)
Nigerian Institute of Management (website: www.managementnigeria.org)
Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (website: www.niqs.org)
Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (website: www.niser.org)
Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (website: http://nitpng.com)
Nigerian Medical Association (website: www.nigerianma.org)
Nigerian Society of Engineers (website: www.nse.org.ng)
Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (website: www.stan.org.ng)
Strategic Management Centre (website: www.smgnigeria.org)
West African College of Physicians (website: www.wac-phycisians.org)
Institute of Directors (website: www.iodnigeria.com)
Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (website: www.apcon.gov.ng)
Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (website: www.oaan.org)
Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (website: www.manufacturersnigeria.com)
The Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (website: http://www.nispnigeria.com)
Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) (website: http://nipreko.org)
Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (website: www.pcnng.org)
West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (website: www.waifem.org)
All these bodies also conduct professional courses and examinations. Visit their websites to find out about their examinations and courses as well as required fees.
Conclusion (List of Professional Courses In Nigeria)
Without a doubt, professional certifications will give your professional career a boost. The list of professional courses in Nigeria provided here has some of the best and most popular options to choose from. Also, bodies that conduct some of these professional courses were discussed. Websites of these bodies were given to help you find out more about them. This will help you make informed decisions about which professional courses/exams you should take.
If you previously had doubts about gaining professional certifications before reading this piece, your doubts should be cleared by now. Adding professional certifications to your degree certificate(s) will only do you good and no harm at all. You should note that these certifications are not free. You will be required to make payment and sit for the examination(s). Passing the examination(s) will earn you the certificate(s).