In any field, professional certifications can mean a lot. Some can represent years of hard work. Others can be gained by attending a weekend course.
I'm certified in Sacro Occipital Technic® (SOT®) by Sacro Occipital Research Society International (SORSI). This organization was started by the founder of SOT®, Dr. M.B. DeJarnette who developed the technique. It takes a lot of hard work and time to become certified in SOT®. You are subject to a written test and then a practical where you demonstrate your abilities on actual people. Certifications in SOT® take hundreds of hours of training and years of experience.
At least once a week, I get information on weekend courses to become "certified" in something, either for my Chiropractic Physician license or my LCSW license. I could take these to make myself to look good on paper. However, there is no substitute for hard work and experience. I look beyond the number of certifications and focus on the quality of results I can get to help my patients and better me as a professional.
I'm a Chiropractic Physician, Psychotherapist and researcher. I'm interested in helping people live their lives to their full potential. That could be simply without pain. Or it could be without more complicated physical or mental health problems. Or it could be getting help in making changes in their life so that they can achieve their dreams.