Nielsen Norman Group is the premier user experience (UX) and usability in the world. Jakob Nielsen has been essentially “writing the book” on user experience research and usability testing for decades. In the mid-1990s, he wrote the 10 Usability Heuristics of User Interface Design that are widely used and adopted now. They do user experience research and have written several reports regarding user experience within e-commerce websites and intranets. Suffice it to say, they’re the leader in this industry.
Learning Leads to Certification
In 2013 I was privileged enough to attend NNg's Usability week and complete five courses, including
- UX Basic Training
- Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for Real-World Problems
- Mobile Websites and Apps
- The Human Mind and Usability
- Usability Testing
Recently, NNg released the ability to become certified. As of September 11, 2014, I’m proud to announce that I am one of the first 150 individuals to become certified in user experience by the Nielsen Norman Group.
What’s the Big Deal?
Becoming certified allows me to show prospective companies and colleagues my knowledge, dedication, and interest in the field of user experience and usability testing. It allows me to distinguish myself when bidding for job proposals, gain authority, confidence, and credibility in the field of user experience. It shows my commitment to continual growth and advancement in the field.