Why certification?

What are the reasons to set up a certification for patent information professionals?
People working in this profession observe the following:
- in the 'Google-age' many people believe that everybody can search nowadays and that everything is available for free on the internet
- there is a growing number of search service companies, but it is difficult to determine the quality of these services
- it takes time and effort to become an all-round patent information professional and it is a responsible job (missing crucial documents may be disastrous), however, the job is not always valued

Therefore the aim of certification of patent information professionals is:
- to set professional standards
- to give a kind of quality assurance (although as with any examination there is no guarantee that all who pass have the desired quality level)
- to get recognition of the profession, and thereby maybe make it more attractive

It is not the intention to make the examination and certification of patent information professionals mandatory, however, it could become widely adopted.