I thought this might be an interesting topic and I can’t find much out there regarding this. I’m in the USA, but I’m interested in viewpoints from across the globe.
What is the etiquette regarding using post-nominal letters for professional designations. I know a lot of people will put educational designations after their name e.g. “John Smith PhD” and the etiquette for that is to display the highest degree earned within a specific discipline.
When it comes to professional designations or certificates, I see a lot of people put them after their name in a similar fashion e.g. “John Smith CPA”. Some have them on resumes like this, others have their names on LinkedIn formatted this way, some even use it within their email signature.
My question is two-fold:
When/where is it appropriate to place professional designations after your name? To me, it seems like using them in every email may come across a bit “overzealous.” Hence, the etiquette part of the question.
How does one decide what professional certifications are “prestigious” enough to place after your name in the appropriate situations from part 1? I could see CPA being relevant if you’re providing a service, for which it qualifies you, but I can’t imagine when CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) would be relevant, or to take it to an extreme, when you would ever need to announce you possess an MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist).