No, it doesn’t.
It’s just a piece of paper that conveys you mastered some body of knowledge. You most likely also committed to abide by a code of ethics. Plus you may have committed to continuing eductions to maintain the certification.
Having a certification means you know the terms, definitions, techniques and concepts concerning reliability engineering. Thanks all.
Does it mean you are a professional? No.
The dictionary describes professional as being associated or involved with a profession. You are professional by working or studying the profession of reliability engineering. Yet, we commonly consider a professional as being more than just a person with a job title.
A professional, in my mind exemplifies the essence of a noble, caring, capable engineer. One that works for the greater good. Someone the strives to make the world a better place. (Insert pedestal here.)
This is the nature of the engineering code of ethics that professional societies draft and encourage members to live. The following are just examples of the many similar codes that exist:
American Society for Quality Code of Ethics
National Society of Professional Engineers Code of Ethics
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Code of Ethics
There are many others and they are all similar. Be honest, forthright and fair in your work.
You probably already adhere to these various codes of ethics. You do not have to pay membership dues to demonstrate you are ethical. It’s how you work, behave and conduct your life.
You are a professional reliability engineer by way you solve problems, continue to learn, assist others willingly, and exemplify how the reliability engineering profession makes the world a better place.
Certifications are Good, too.
There are different types of certifications and many organization offer certificates. For reliability engineering there are three professional societies that I know about that offer certifications.
American Society for Quality Certified Reliability Engineer
Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professional Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional
Association for maintenance Professionals Certified Reliability Leader
Some engineers have all three certifications. Some only one. Many professional engineers do not have any certification. It’s a personal decision. You can strive to work as a professional with or without securing one or more of the certifications offered by professional societies.
I should mention there are many other certifications offered in our industry. Conferences, software companies and consulting & training organizations offer certifications. These like the ones offered by professional society are not licenses (state license or charter). The various certifications simply mean the person meet some level of experience, course work, demonstrated body of work or passed a test.
It doesn’t mean they are a professional.
If you are pursuing a certification, why? Please add a comment on what certification means to you and your career.