The certification process for federal resume writers is rigorous and requires ongoing education to maintain the credential. There are a few organizations that certify federal resume writers, but the two most widely recognized are the Certified Federal Resume Writer (CFRW) credential through the National Resume Writers’ Association and the Master Federal Career Advisor (MFCA) credential through the Federal Career Advisors Association.
CFRW credential is granted after completing an application and passing a rigorous written exam. Once certified, CFRWs must adhere to a code of ethics and participate in continuing education programs to maintain their credential. The MFCA credential is granted after completing a portfolio review, written exam, and oral exam administered by a panel of seasoned federal career advisors. MFCAs must also adhere to a code of ethics and participate in continuing education programs to maintain their credential.
While both credentials are highly regarded in the federal career coaching community, the CFRW is more focused on the writing aspect of federal resumes while the MFCA takes a more holistic approach that encompasses all aspects of the federal job search process.
Certification provides assurance to clients that they are working with a knowledgeable and ethical professional who is up-to-date on current trends and best practices. When choosing a certified federal resume writer, be sure to inquire about their particular areas of expertise to ensure you are working with someone who can best meet your needs.