Strong Interest Inventory® Certification

Get certified to use the Strong assessment
Provide career direction based on interests

The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment helps people find career direction and insights based on their interests.

With Strong certification, you’ll be equipped to guide people with their career development at any stage in their life.

You’ll be prepared to help students explore majors and careers, and ultimately choose a career path. You’ll have the tools to re-engage employees with their work or find them a better-suited job within their company. And you can better work with adults who want to change their career direction.

Ways to get certified

What you'll learn

  • How to administer the Strong assessment ethically.
  • How to deliver feedback for career exploration, employee re-engagement, personal development, and more.
  • How to interpret the scales and apply insights in education, business, and personal settings.
  • Unique components of the Strong assessment (Basic Interest Scales, Occupational Scales, and Personal Style Scales).
  • Technical elements of the assessment including reliability and validity.
  • Holland’s theory of personalities and work environments (RIASEC).
  • What to consider when working with challenging Strong profiles.

Who's it for?

  • Career counselors

  • Academic advisors

  • Career coaches

  • HR professionals

  • Executive coaches

What is it for?

  • Career exploration

  • College major selection

  • Career development

  • Engagement and retention

  • Workforce reintegration

Frequently asked questions

  • The program is available as a public program or, if you have multiple people at your organization that you want to certify together, as an in-house.

    The Strong Interest Inventory® Certification Program is designed to give you the knowledge you need to provide your students, clients, or employees with insights and direction as they explore personal interests and career options. This engaging and practical learning experience will enable you to use the assessment competently and ethically, and includes the following topics:

    • Introducing, administering, and providing feedback with the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment and the Strong Interest Inventory® 244 assessment.
    • Using the reported assessment results to provide one-on-one feedback sessions, including case study review and practice feedback session.
    • Using the reported assessment results to provide interactive learning experience for groups.
    • In-depth review of the foundational Profile report, as well as other available reports and materials.
  • Yes. You should allow up to 3.5 hours to complete pre-work. This includes taking the Strong Interest Inventory and the Strong Interest Inventory 244 assessments online, and completing a mandatory reading assignment.
  • To successfully complete the Strong Certification Program and attain “Strong® Certified Practitioner” status, you must complete the following requirements within 90 days of program start date:

    • Attend and fully participate in the entirety of the 2-day Strong Certification Program.
    • Achieve a score of 80% or higher on a 20-question multiple choice exam administered at the close of day 2.
  • Continuing Education hours are not available for this program.
  • GS Consultants is an authorized provider of the program. Learn more.