There are no “certified” #LinkedIn trainers

You know not to believe everything you read on the internet.


Be careful what you claim on LinkedIn about yourself.

I saw someone self-promoting as a “certified” LinkedIn trainer.

Being an inquisitive sort of person, I wondered who/what certified him.

So I went to the source, a high level contact at LinkedIn.

She replied: There are no trainers certified by LinkedIn.

I want to go on the record:

I am not certified by LinkedIn.

There you have it.

If they offered a certification, I would have earned it. But they don’t.

So rather than claiming something that is misleading, I think the trainer should strut his stuff with real statistics or attributable quotes from satisfied clients. And stop wasting money buying certifications.

Once misled I will no longer spend time reading his profile or work–what of it is true and what of it is bunk?

Beware what you say and how you position yourself on LinkedIn. People take notice and will challenge assertions that seem untenable, odd. And they move on, never to return.

  1. Would you rely on a CPA certified by anything but the AICPA?
  2. Don’t you want to know that the state professional board state has certified your dentist/surgeon/lawyer, etc.? And the credential’s up to date?

Caveat emptor.


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3 Responses to There are no “certified” #LinkedIn trainers

  1. Good one, Marc. Caveat emptor indeed.

  2. Corey Bearak says:

    So true and not just how one describes themselves in the “summary” — be careful with each description for each position and schooling. In today’s world, the ability to rebut something remains much easier. So if you want more attention, expect more careful “look-sees.”

  3. Hi Marc, Thanks for clarifying and sharing! I just recently read an individual’s profile. I had some basic knowledge of the person. When reading their profile,
    I knew it wasn’t all down to earth. I decided to block this individual.

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