Certifications and Continuing Education in Your Professional Role

Certifications and Continuing Education in Your Professional Role

Professional growth calls for joining a professional organization that provides members with unlimited opportunities. As a respiratory therapist, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is a professional body that can keep me informed about important trends in the industry, emerging technologies, new legislations, and other useful information. AARC has plenty of programs and opportunities for the members that can be useful to me in pursuit of my career. One of the programs that AARC offers to its members includes Respiratory Therapy Degree advancement. Upon graduation and attainment of a practice license, I will benefit from a therapy degree advancement program as a member of AARC. This program will provide me with more growth opportunities, such as helping me to qualify for managerial positions. As a respiratory therapist, I aspire to become a case manager or a disease manager, and the advanced degree will help me with this educational pathway (Professional Development, 2017).

As a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, I stand a chance of getting certification from the National Board for Respiratory care (NBRC). This is after satisfying that my skills, knowledge, and experience as a respiratory therapist have increased tremendously. Given that I would like to hold a managerial role in the future, the recommendations of AARC and NBRC will go a long way in helping me achieve my dreams. More precisely, the accreditation of AARC will be valuable in broadening my knowledge and experience in handling patients as well as handling teams as in a managerial role (Professional Development, 2017). AARC certification will help me to serve in areas within the respiratory care industry that I am truly passionate about.

Further, if I wish to become an instructor in respiratory care, AARC can provide me with the opportunity to enroll for a baccalaureate degree in respiratory care. This course helps therapists seeking to become instructors to understand teaching techniques. Given that I also consider becoming an educator in the future, this program can be useful to me. Helping other students who are struggling to gain insight into a concept gives me ultimate happiness. I also celebrate the success of other students, so this program can help me to give back to this profession (Professional Development, 2017). Besides, this program can further horn the research skills that can help me make revolutionary discoveries in the respiratory care field. Given that a baccalaureate degree in respiratory emphasizes evidence-based practice, it can provide me with the best learning experience.

The leadership development program is another opportunity that AARC provides that can help me to improve my leadership abilities. I can demonstrate the leadership knowledge and skills acquired from the program in the community or healthcare facility I will be working for. If I am lucky to work for the community, the leadership skills will help me in mobilizing the community, staff, and the locally available resources to accomplish our objective (Professional Development, 2017). Given that leadership is about influencing others, the program will help me to improve on areas such as integrity, honesty, and transparency, which others can emulate.

Being a member of a particular professional body has plenty of benefits. Some of the main benefits include broadening members’ knowledge, keeping them informed of important updates, and helping them take control over their careers (Markova et al. 2013). Professional organizations hold seminars, conferences, and workshops, which help the members to stay up-to-date about industry trends. Another benefit of joining a professional body is to increase professional networks. Trusted professional organizations consist of a pool of professional members, which can help someone to create networks both locally and internationally.

Seminars and workshops organized for the members are incredible opportunities through which professional networks with a large pool of peers. Additionally, professional organizations improve the members’ sense of belonging and enable them to achieve their goals as a team (Lucey, 2015). Membership to a professional body enables the members to take full control over their careers and enables them to utilize the resources and skills acquired from the organization to achieve their goals. The resources include accreditation and various programs that improve the members’ career growth.

Professional organizations also emphasize the need for non-clinical activities that help members give back to the community. These activities allow members to share their achievements with other members of society and contribute to the well-being of the community. Endowed with the leadership skills acquired from organization programs such as the one offered at AARC requires the members to mobilize the community, the staff, and the available resources for a common purpose (Markova et al. 2013).

Finally, members also stay motivated in pursuit of career development. For example, when applying for a job, members of a professional body have an advantage over other applicants since employers attach some trust and credibility to professional bodies. Professional organizations give members a competitive as members also receive regular updates about organizations looking to hire from a particular field. The bonding together of members allows them to advocate for their colleagues and to share experiences with one another (Lucey, 2015). Sharing leaves the members refreshed and energized than before.


Lucey, S. (2015). Value Added by Being a Member of a Professional Society. Fisheries, 40(8), 346-346.

Markova, G., Ford, R. C., Dickson, D. R., & Bohn, T. M. (2013). Professional associations and members’ benefits: what’s in it for me? Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 23(4), 491-510.

Professional Development. (2017). Aarc.org. Retrieved from http://www.aarc.org/careers/career-advice/professional-development/