Certified Executive Resume Master (CERM) Credential

Now, grow your resume writing practice by attracting elite, executive job seekers with CDI's executive resume designation!

Certified Executive Resume Master resume writer credential
You want to grow your business and you've learned that writing resumes for Executive clients is fun, rewarding, and actually rather easy, because:

#1 - They understand their worth and will invest in themselves.

#2 - Their career history is filled with juicy challenges, actions, and results making it easy to create a powerful resume.

#3 - They are frequently articulate and able to communicate their value, brand, expertise, and accomplishments. No dragging it out of these folks!

#4 - They have a powerful referral network to send more prospects your way.

But if EVERYBODY wants to work with executives, just how do you stand out from the crowd?

With CDI's Certified Executive Resume Master (CERM)!!

When you earn the CERM you become one of less than 25 individuals worldwide (there are currently 18 to-date) who have become designated as a Certified Executive Resume Master!

Since executives love to feel exclusive and be catered to, this high-level credential from CDI, a well-recognized industry leader in resume certification, can put you head and shoulders above the rest, making it even easier for you to attract new business from the executive marketplace.

As a savvy executive writer, you need to be at the top of your game—and you can prove your impeccable credentials by gaining CDI’s seal of approval—The Certified Executive Resume Master credential.

The Certified Executive Resume Master credential assures global executives at all levels that they’re in good hands as you leverage the tools of the trade you’ve acquired over the course of your career.

Secure CDI’s seal of approval now: The Certified Executive Resume Master is your gateway to the lucrative executive market.

How the CERM Process Works

Watch a 1-minute video on the CERM process:


  1. To apply and qualify for the CERM, you must possess a recognized resume certification (e.g., CMRW, CARW, MRW, NCRW, CPRW, CMRS, CRS, MCRS, ACRW).
  2. It is also anticipated that applicants will have written for the executive market for some time, and will have a body of work that demonstrates mastery of contemporary executive representation such as personal branding, positioning, strategizing, and high-level formatting.

Application Procedure

Pay the credential registration fee (register below).

Instructions will then be sent to you on preparing your submission via email.

Applicant Review Process

The CERM is a two-part credential that includes a portfolio of your work plus a short, 10-question Competency Review that encompasses general knowledge of the executive market, plus a short sampling of your writing ‘on the fly’.

  1. Submit four (4) examples of real-life executive resumes from your professional portfolio.
  2. Click link in email that is sent to you to begin CDI Executive Competency Review.

The review does not require any study materials as questions cover general knowledge that any writer of executive resumes would be expected to know.

On-the-fly writing requires proof of your ability to edit and construct sentences or bullet points that are concise, results focused, and indicate understanding of the questions posed.

A period of four weeks will allow the certification committee to perform a blind review of the portfolio and assess the Competency Review.

Should more than one additional submission (recognized as a second portfolio) be required to fulfill the needs of the CERM credentialing process, an added processing fee of $95 will be applied.

Upon committee approval you will be conferred and awarded the CERM designation, which will include use of the logo for print and web, and print certificate.

Certification Timeframe

The CERM process allow you to take as long as you need within one calendar year of registration. However, it should take a very short amount of time to gather together the required elements as it is primarily an administrative record-keeping process of selecting resumes. The evaluation can be completed in one day. Please be advised that you must maintain an active CDI membership to complete any phase of the certification.

Register Now

Ready to start elevating your profile and stamping your mark of excellence across the executive world? Then let’s get moving! Register today to secure CDI’s newest seal of approval to become one of the first Certified Executive Resume Masters in the world!

*Not a Member of CDI? Membership is a prerequisite.

Non-member registration includes one year of individual membership ($347 value) to Career Directors International: Your Pathway to Success, rich with ongoing support, networking, and new information.

If you are not currently a CDI member, please select the Non-Member rate below as it includes mandatory membership. For more information on membership or to select monthly membership instead, visit the Member Benefits page.

Update Requirements

In order to demonstrate your commitment to staying abreast of industry changes, the CERM credential must be renewed every three years for a fee of $95.00. For consideration you must submit four sample executive resumes of your choice.

Update requirements and active membership are a prerequisite of retaining the CERM credential. CDI reserves the right to revoke this credential if these requirements are not met and maintained.

Why is renewal necessary? Because the craft of resume writing is dynamic and is swiftly changing with the advances in computer technology and applicant tracking / scanning as well as emerging legal issues involving resume fraud. These are just a few concerns that make it necessary for professionals to demonstrate ongoing education and knowledge of modern resume writing techniques.

Renew now!

Sample Executive Resume Portfolio Documents

In the PDF for download you will see executive resume samples that are indicative of the type of writing expertise that would be expected of a successful candidate for the Certified Expert Resume Master credential.

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About Our Certification Committee

Hand-picked to represent the best-of-the-best of the industry and its various resume certification procedures, the committee's members include:

Certification Chair: Gayle Howard, CERM, CMRW, MRWLAA, MCD, MCPLAA, MRW, CPRW, CCM, BIC, HRCC, CWPP, CARW - Top Margin Resumes Online, Melbourne, Australia

Patricia Duckers, CMRW, CPRW, CEIP, CWPP, CFRW, CFRWC, MFCC, MFCC/T, MMRW - CareerPro Global, Inc., Edison, New Jersey

Barb Poole, CERM, CMRW, CARW, CCMC, CPRW, PHR, BS - Hire Imaging, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Gillian "Jill" Kelly, CERM, CMRW, MRWLAA, CARW, ATSC - Career Edge, Queensland, Australia

Erin Kennedy, CERM, CMRW, CPRW - Professional Resume Services, Lapeer, Michigan

Darlene Dassy, CERM, CMRW, CARW - Dynamic Resume Solutions, Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania

Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, CERM, CMRW, MRW, CPRW, CEIP - CareerTrend, Gordonville, Texas

Michelle Lopez, CMRW, CRS+AF, CRS+ME, CARW - One2One Resumes, Western Australia

Dawn S. Bugni, CMRW, MRW, CPRW - The Write Solution, Atkinson, North Carolina

Carolyn Whitfield, CMRW, CERM, CARW, CEIC, CP-OJSRM - Total Resumes, Tasmania, Australia

Scott Nichols, MBA, CERM, CGRA, CPRW, CEIC, CEIP - Advanced Method Resumes & Career Services, Granite Bay, California

Revocation Policy

All requirements of CERM certification, renewal, and CDI membership standards must be maintained in order to earn or retain a CDI credential. CDI reserves the right to revoke a CERM credential for any of the following: Renewal requirements are not maintained and completed within required timelines. Membership lapses due to non-renewal. Individual is found guilty in a court of law for a grievance within the industry (unprofessional, unethical, unlawful conduct and/or business practices).

For more information on the CERM credential, contact CDI at info@nullcareerdirectors.com.