Revisiting Education and Patient Advocates’ Certification



Revisiting Education and Patient Advocates’ Certification


Attendees at our recent AdvoConnection Business Institute had a variety of topics and issues they wanted to discuss.  Follow up surveys and emails produced even more, including some questions that, over time, will be answered to our best ability.  Some will be answered during , others through our , and one or two will be addressed right here on the blog.

One question that pops up frequently regards certification.  As I’ve written before, and as is true today,

–  period.  Therefore, there is no such thing as a “Certified Patient Advocate.”

However, from the conference, came this question, “If you go through a certificate program, you are not a “certified patient advocate?” Why the certificate program then?”

I believe this question comes from a misunderstanding about why certificate programs exist.

Patient advocacy certificate programs do not exist to create “certified patient advocates.”  They exist to fill holes in one’s knowledge.

When considering health advocacy as a career, it’s rare that most have the ability to go into business with no preparation.  The key, before they start, is to go through a list of what they still need to learn.


Once those knowledge gaps have been identified, then it’s time to , whether or not those programs issue a certificate at the end.  Determine which of the programs offers the education needing for filling the knowledge gap, plus is accessible.

The current offering of patient and health advocacy programs is actually very good. If you decide you have knowledge gaps to fill, you may find exactly what you need. (Here is .)

Bottom line – pursuit of a certificate program is to help one be successful, not to receive a piece of paper at the end.

But there’s more about certification, too.  Learn ”

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