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Professional Advantage Certification

Professional Advantage (PA) Certification is an exclusive program to the College of Business and is part of your Career Development Clear Path to Success. Our staff and industry experts provide essential training and resources to help you land your dream job.  You will learn soft skills essential to business. You will learn how to interview, write a professional resume, network, and much more. View all the PA Certification requirements here. Participation is strongly encouraged but not required for graduation.  

Complete PA Certification Requirements and earn:

  • Exclusive opportunity to list your resume in the Corporate Partner Resume Book (starting in 2017)
  • Invitations to private employer events
  • Professional Advantage Certified listed on your transcript 
  • List Professional Advantage Certified on your resume

Download the Career Development App - View PA Certification Requirements, sign up for workshops, and access other great resources. No smart phone? Click here.  View the "New" or "Returning" Students tabs below for more information.

K-State Online: Canvas - Business students and students enrolled in GENBA 110 will find the Professional Advantage class in Canvas.  You will only need to use this to complete Learning Evaluations after attending a Professional Advantage workshop.  The Canvas class can be accessed via the App.

PA Certification Tracker - Track your progress to earning Certification. The Tracker can also be accessed through the app.

 

New Students (Starting Professional Advantage in Fall 2016)

New Freshmen

  1. Download the Career Development AppDownload the Career Development app. If you don't have a smartphone use the web version of the app.
  2. Click "Path to Success" within the app. This will show you each task you should complete each year of college to set yourself up for success.
  3. Click on "Freshmen"
  4. Step 1 requirements for Professional Advantage Certification are denoted with this image.  They are typically completed during GENBA 110 your freshman year. Step1
  5. Sign up to attend the Professional Advantage Kickoff (1st requirement) where you will learn the details about PA Certification.
  6. After attending any PA Certification workshop you must pass a Learning Evaluation (LE) to earn the credit in Canvas. 

New Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors to Business

  1. Download the Career Development app. If you don't have a smartphone use the web version of the app.
  2. Click "Path to Success" within the app. This will show you each task you should complete each year of college to set yourself up for success. The Path to Success is organized by year in school. You should go back to earlier years to make sure you have completed the recommended tasks to ensure your success. 
  3. Click on "Freshmen" to view Step 1 requirements for Professional Advantage Certification. They are denoted with this image.  They are typically completed during GENBA 110. Step1
  4. Sign up to attend the Professional Advantage Kickoff (1st requirement) where you will learn the details about PA Certification.
  5. After attending any PA Certification workshop you must pass a Learning Evaluation (LE) to earn the credit in Canvas.

Returning Students (Students who have participated in Professional Advantage prior to Fall 2016)

We have moved up when you can earn Professional Advantage Certification!

  • Advantage -- you can list Certification on your resume when applying for internships/jobs (rather than earning it upon graduation) and to give you more perks to leverage while in school (resume book, private employer events, etc).
  • To see how this change affects your progress towards Certification, log-in to the Professional Advantage Certification Tracker.
  • Students graduating December 2016 or May 2017 will earn PA Certification if you have fulfilled 11/15 new requirements including "Resume Workshop & Validation".  All other students must complete all requirements to earn Certification.
  1. Download the Career Development app. If you don't have a smartphone use the web version of the app.
  2. Click "Path to Success" within the app. This will show you each task you should complete each year of college to set yourself up for success. The Path to Success is organized by year in school. You should go back to earlier years to make sure you have completed the recommended tasks to ensure your success. 
  3. Click on "Freshmen" and "Sophomore" to view Step 1 and Step 2 requirements for Professional Advantage Certification. They are denoted with these images below.  Complete the requirements the Tracker indicates you still need to earn PA Certification. Step1 Step2
  4. After attending any PA Certification workshop you must pass a Learning Evaluation (LE) to earn the credit in Canvas 

Questions about the migration of your previous participation to the new Professional Advantage Certification? Please contact us!  Email CDBusiness@ksu.edu, call 785.532.3982, or stop by room 1001 Business Building