Many private firms and public agencies are using the CST Program to encourage their employees to improve themselves and advance (“it’s not just a job, it’s a career”). Successfully completing one of the levels provides incentives for bonuses or promotions. In addition the firms can use the fact that their staff are certified for their own promotion to potential clients and responding to Requests for Qualifications (RFQ’s).
In addition many college programs are using the CST Program as an “Outcome Assessment” measure to assess how their program is preparing the students for the industry.
Some state societies offer financial assistance. Check with your State CST Coordinator.