by Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC
Senior Associate, Barry Libman Inc.
I recently heard from a CCS Exam Prep student of mine. She emailed to tell me that she had successfully passed the CCS exam.
“I took the Intensive CCS Exam Prep class and I am happy to report that I passed the CCS exam! Many people I work with have tried to diminish my credential because I took a class to prepare for the exam. I know I would not have passed, or even registered to take the exam, had I prepared exclusively on my own.”
I am so proud of her. She did the work necessary to be successful on the exam and earned every point of her final score. Ask anyone who has taken it – the CCS is a tough test!
Her comment points out the value of a structured exam prep. Whether on your own, with a group of friends, or as part of a class, preparing for the CCS is overwhelming if you do not have a plan for attacking the material. My advice: Plan your work, and work your plan!
My student closed out her email with the following:
“I find, due to taking the course, (even with my lack of ‘coding chops’, as one person put it), I have more in-depth knowledge of some subjects than many of the seasoned coders I work with.”
This is not an unusual comment. The effort required to do well on the exam will change you forever as a coder. You will have confidence in your skill and in-depth knowledge plus the courage to take on new code guidance, new service settings, and new procedures because you know how to approach a complex coding problem methodically and consistently.
Getting the CCS is the immediate goal for many coders, but the value of that CCS will transform you as a professional.