Modesto, CA (PressExposure) April 10, 2009 -- The North American Virtual Assistant Association has announced their new certification and ethics verification series. As the once small Virtual Assistant field develops a competitive edge, NAVAA is providing savvy VAs with solutions to stand out from the ever-growing crowd. Through certification and membership programs, NAVAA provides qualified Virtual Assistants with the opportunity to earn the necessary credentials to differentiate themselves and successfully grow their businesses.
âAs the field of Virtual Assisting changes, so must the criteria by which we evaluate those within it. Virtual Assistants are progressive by nature; they are very adept at recognizing opportunities and identifying their future benefits. There are remarkable benefits in becoming a Certified VA,â says Dee Middlebrooks-Bernal, President of the North American Virtual Assistant Association. âItâs no longer enough for someone to hang a virtual shingle and say, âThis is what I can do.â They have to be able to substantiate it. There has to be a benchmark.â NAVAA is one of a handful of Virtual Assistant associations that has taken the Virtual Assistant profession to a new level by including certification or ethics verification as a requirement of association membership.
NAVAA provides two levels of certification across four concentrations. The Certified Virtual Assistant Professional designation is designed for VAs with general practices. The Certified Virtual Assistant Specialist designation is an advanced level certification that is intended for VAs who specialize in the administrative, accounting, legal or medical fields. The NAVAA certification process requires that a VA demonstrate the skills that are essential to the Virtual Assistant vocation. According to Ms. Middlebrooks-Bernal, âFor NAVAA, there is nothing subjective about these tests. They are a battery of skill-specific assessments that can only be taken after the applicant has passed an ethics exam.â Indeed, a Virtual Assistantâs ethical character is considered by most potential clients to be just as important as skill-set.
As the Virtual Assistant field develops from a buzz word into an industry, the methods of selecting a VA and virtual business partner must develop as well. Certification and ethics verification like that offered through NAVAA separate the basic VA from the true virtual professional and provide business owners with a standard by which to select the Virtual Assistant who will best help them achieve their business goals in a challenging market.
About North American Virtual Assistant Association: North American Virtual Assistant Association provides Virtual Assistants with resources to build their practices and enhance their skills. The NAVAA website, [http://www.virtualassistantheadquarters.com], offers a range of tools, articles, certification and affiliation opportunities.