For the last 2 years I’ve been working on obtaining another professional certification. In part because my real profession requires me to take a number of continuing education courses per year, but also in part because I think it’s a very good skill to have for work and life in general. It’s a mediation / conflict resolution program.
I missed a course back in January when we went to Hawaii as they released the course dates after we have paid for our trip. So, I have to delay graduation by a full year. But, I asked to challenge the exam this year as I have completed the other 11 courses and the material is fresh in my mind.
After some deliberation my request was approved.
But that meant I had to spend the last few weeks preparing for the exam, while knowing that I do not have all the courses under my belt and also knowing that I didn’t really care to put a lot of time into preparing. While I wasn’t stressed about needing to pass as I’m doing this for me, not for an employer or career requirement, I can honestly say at times I started to regret my decision to challenge the exam this year. Putting it off for an entire extra year just seemed so much easier right now!
Anyways, once I paid the fees, I knew I wouldn’t back out. So, last week I had part 1 of my exam. It was an oral exam. I have not done an oral exam for about 10 years, when I did professional certification ethics exam in front of a review panel. And before that I can only recall one other oral exam, that being in a university Spanish class (how I passed that I’ll never know). Needless to say I was rather nervous going into this newest oral exam!
But, alas, part 1 is done. And now, tomorrow, I complete part 2 and find out if I pass or fail. Part 2 is a one-on-one review of Part 1 to review what my strength were and what I need to improve. Needless to say, I’ve had 6 days to complete my personal review of Part 1 and I haven’t started it yet. Maybe I should make that a priority for today?
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