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July, 2009

VAcertified Announces First Virtual Assistants to Receive Worldwide Virtual Assistant Certification

29-July-2009 – For a Virtual Assistant (VA) or a business owner looking to partner with one, the diverse waters of Virtual Assistant Certification can seem clouded. Virtual Assistants and potential clients alike have wondered what a certification really entails and which qualifications mean a VA has the skills he or she claims. Now the waters have begun to clear for some Virtual Assistants and their clients, thanks to a global effort by industry leaders and specialists., the first international organization to offer a universally recognized Virtual Assistant Worldwide Certification, is proud to announce the first virtual assistants from around the world to become VAcertified: Terence Kierans of Australia, Dawn Lane of the United Kingdom, Crystal Burkholder of Canada and Terry Green of the United States.

The groundbreaking Virtual Assistant Certification was launched in May 2009 after Tawnya Sutherland, founder of the world’s largest network for Virtual Assistants, brought together 13 industry leaders from the four corners of the world to develop a metric that would gain business owners’ confidence in the skills of certified VAs . Sutherland states, “No matter how much you research a Virtual Assistant, there still remains…
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April 1, 2009

New Certification Program Breaks Ground for Virtual Assistants Globally

April 1, 2009. Tawnya Sutherland, founder of the world’s largest global network for Virtual Assistants, has brought together industry leaders from the four corners of the world to create a one of a kind certification program for VAs. is the first international organization to take the plunge and offer a carefully calibrated and unbiased assessment of a virtual assistant’s skills, education, professional experience and industry contributions.

As more and more businesses look toward affordable, online solutions to sustain and grow their bottom line in a tough economy, virtual assistants are enjoying increased demand for their services. But until today, virtual assistants have struggled to meet demand from prospective clients who often feel uncertain about the benefits of outsourcing. This is especially true, however, in a virtual environment where the negotiation process cannot happen face to face. The assurances that come with certification will prove immeasurable to business owners and managers who may have considered outsourcing support tasks to a VA in the past but could not justify the understandable risk of hiring an unknown.

Thirteen individuals located in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom collectively agreed it was the right time to introduce a client-centric certification program for virtual assistants. After months of intense deliberation and debate, was born. From industry leaders to specialized consultants, the international VAcertified Board brings a synergistic approach to the VA…
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