How Can I Obtain a Typing Certificate?

Obtaining a typing certificate can show potential employers that you have what it takes to type quickly and accurately. Keep reading to learn how and where you can get one. Schools offering Information Processing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Typing Certificate

A typing certificate shows you have been tested on your typing speed and accuracy. Many colleges offer these certificates through their career services departments or human resource offices. Adult education centers may also issue typing certificates. Additional options may be available online; however, you may find that some employers don't recognize certificates obtained online.

To receive a typing certificate, you'll take a series of 5-minute tests, where you'll reproduce random texts. Fees for a typing certificate may vary. Some are free, while others cost up to $20. However, if you're a student at a community college earning a certificate, this fee may be waived.

In many cases, successful completion of the typing test is all that's required to earn a certificate. This certificate may denote what organization you received the certificate through, the organization's contact information, the date you received the certificate, the number of words per minute you can type and the number of errors committed.

Important Facts About Typing Certificates

Prerequisites Valid identification and registration are required for typing tests
Key Skills Reading comprehension, speaking, time management, monitoring, and active listening
Possible Careers Clerk typist, word processor, and transcriptionist
Continuing Education Some certificates have an expiration date and must be retaken to maintain the credential for particular careers

Training Options

Several community colleges offer keyboarding classes as part of word processing or office technology certificate programs. Individual keyboarding classes are also available to students with varying levels of typing experience. Often, these classes allow you to learn techniques for typing numbers, letters and symbols at speeds of up to 30 words per minute without looking at your hands. Some classes also include instruction in document formatting and word processing software.

The majority of your scheduled class time is spent working under the supervision of an instructor. However, some schools may offer the use of computer laboratories for practice outside of class time.

Applying for Jobs

You may need to submit a typing certificate when applying for positions that list minimum typing speeds as part of the job qualifications. Most of these positions include jobs as secretaries or administrative assistants in medical, legal, educational or general office environments. In these positions, you might be responsible for gathering and typing assorted pieces of information using a computer's word processing program.

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