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In agreement with Mulkey and Naughton (2005), and Barksdale and Lund (1998), Flynn (2002) has found that organizations should consider implementing a corporate certification program if "they have a measurable business need to formally validate an individual's knowledge or skill in a particular product or content area" ("Interview: Tracey Flynn" n.d.).

As the literature has shown, this is but one of the core considerations. Mulkey and Naughton (2005) have demonstrated that another core consideration is the legal defensibility of the program. Coscarelli, Robins, Shrock, and Herbst (1998) have shown that a core consideration is the methodology used to develop the type of assessments decided upon.

According to the literature reviewed, organizations that have methodically navigated through these considerations have had successful certification programs.


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