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Resume writing academy resume training & certification (ACRW)

Master the art of resume writing through training and feedback on your work!

Professional resume writers like you come to the Resume Writing Academy because they want to be confident that every resume they write will win clients interviews ... they want to be the expert who stands out from the sea of resume advice.

Do you want the confidence to charge what you are worth for the work you do?

Do you want to be the expert your career services office needs to teach resume strategies that improve job placement?

If so, read on to learn more about the Resume Writing Academy training program!

Enrolling in RWA is the best thing I've done in my 18-year career as a resume writer. The class made me a better interviewer, writer, designer, and strategist; it reinforced skills I already had; and it introduced me to a new level of professionalism. The ACRW designation has already contributed to increasing my revenue in two ways: it has bolstered my confidence to charge more because I finally recognize the value I provide clients, and believe clients are pre-sold when they see it listed in my email signature block and/or hear it in my voice mail message."
~ Janet Beckstrom, ACRW, CPRW, Word Crafter, Flint, MI


RWA graduates tell us the difference between our program and other programs they’ve tried is that training alone didn’t give them the confidence and results they desired.

What really transformed their writing and built their confidence was consistent feedback on their work.

RWA's certification programs provide English language, formatting, and writing assignments -- each carefully crafted to test your command of strategy, design, and writing.

Our team of experienced writers gives you personalized feedback on every assignment, is available for your questions one-on-one, holds regular office hours to help you with class and client assignments, and continues this support after your graduation.

PLUS -- no membership is required and certification is built into the program. You'll work hard to create each assignment, rewrite a few assignments, and earn your certification at the end -- no test to take or separate fee to pay.

“I mentioned my recent ACRW certification yesterday to a NY-based coach/trainer looking for a resume writer and the mere mention of the Academy and your names was enough to generate significant interest in talking and proceeding to the next step. I'm not sure if others considering taking your program understand the weight that the credential from your Academy provides.
~ Betty Corrado, ACRW, Career Authenticity

What does completing the RWA program entail?

Part 1: 5 webclasses (virtual), including grammar, formatting, and writing homework assignments covering:

  • A foundation for writing resumes that will put you among the top writers in the nation
  • Personal branding strategies for creating documents that differentiate your candidate
  • Language and grammar best practices in resume writing to avoid common mistakes
  • Formatting tips and tools to design modern, visually appealing resumes that pass through applicant tracking systems (ATS)
  • Writing strategies for each section of the resume to position your candidate to compete for their target positions
  • Cover letter and e-note writing best practices for professional communication with hiring managers and recruiters
  • Tools to gather better content, streamline your writing process, and build your writing practice

Part 2: 3 independent learning programs (industry-specific resume and cover letter writing projects)

  • Feedback on full writing projects to enhance your industry knowledge (you choose from the library of sample clients and write a resume and cover letter/e-note for each one)
  • An opportunity to hone your skills in a specialty area and/or gain experience with a new industry/level of client

Requirements for Completion: Complete a grammar assignment, formatting assignment, and a total of 5 resume projects (2 during Part 1 and 3 during Part 2). You'll have the opportunity to rework each assignment based on the feedback. Upon completion of all assignments and any rewrites, you earn the prestigious ACRW credential and 32 CEUs. 

Graduates receive a free E-Summit! Round out your training with a 2-hour session related to your focus/specialty. Available sessions, including an in-depth session on LinkedIn, are listed here.

Benefits for ACRW Graduates

  • Lifetime certification! No renewals or CEU requirements.
  • Subcontract writing positions with resume companies — gain additional experience while making money! These projects generally pay between $100 to $400 per resume.
  • A 10% discount on registration for the Career Thought Leaders annual conference.
  • A free E-Summit upon graduation (choose any of our pre-recorded E-Summits).
  • Discounts on our business development classes and programs.
  • An opportunity to join the RWA Guild; reserved exclusively for the top graduates of RWA, the Guild often pays extremely well. Can you be one of those top graduates?
  • Opportunities for publishing, speaking, job fairs, and other projects – some with compensation and some for building your professional visibility and credibility.

We do not guarantee employment but will continually provide graduates with leads from resume companies, outplacement firms, and others who need great writers TODAY!

Register Today

ACRW Registration: $1895 or 3 payments of $650 charged monthly after you register.


Need more flexibility? Start now with the self-paced program. Self-paced and live webclass students receive the same access to classes and materials, in-depth feedback on assignments, and one-on-one access to instructors.

Interested in having your team take the program? Ask us about our group rates! Email marie[at]

Save $500 on the ACRW & ACPW: Bundle the Academy Certified Resume Writer training with the Academy Certified Profile Writer training for $3290 or 6 payments of $565.

Bundle the ACRW & ACPW


We are always here to answer your questions and work with you one-on-one to reach your resume-writing goals! Feel free to contact us at any time.

Set up a time to talk with Resume Writing Academy CEO Marie Zimenoff to get answers to your questions!


Entrepreneur. Speaker. Leader.

When Marie Zimenoff started her career, these roles were not in her plan.

So how does an analytical, semi-introverted, risk-averse academic career counselor leave a stable job, start a business in a recession, and become CEO of a think tank?

Mission. Guts. And a passion for helping YOU.

Marie’s been in your shoes.

Like you, Marie understands the huge impact an effective career coach, career counselor, or resume professional can have on clients’ lives.

Like you, she knows the stress of wondering if she’s delivering the best information, experience, and results to aid her clients’ success. Like you, she has sometimes felt the stigma that career services often carry within the coaching and counseling worlds at large.

You are Marie’s mission.

Marie understands that dedicated professionals in the careers field need and crave first-class support, training, and innovation. She is committed to giving you the confidence and skills to crush stigmas and stand proudly upon the credibility you’ve earned and deserve.

She’s dedicated her career to making that happen for you.

Marie’s passion for the careers industry runs deep.

A memorable experience with her middle school guidance counselor first introduced Marie to the true power of career professionals.

Marie began her professional career in the university setting as an advisor and recruiter for a mechanical engineering graduate program at Colorado State University. 

While completing her Masters of Education in Human Resource Studies and Career & Counseling Development, Marie interned with a woman who owned her own career counseling business. 

Deeply inspired, Marie decided to leave her university position and open her own company. 

A career services practice was born. 

The year was 2008—the peak of the Great Recession. Undaunted, Marie hustled like crazy. She acquired a diverse range of experiences in the careers industry—career coaching, resume writing, and presenting trainings at workforce centers. 

She discovered when she blended her strengths of process and strategy with a marketing approach, she could help leaders who struggled to communicate their value and were stalled in their career growth. 

The business grew. Marie grew. Opportunities to serve her colleagues grew.

Entrepreneur. Speaker. Leader.

Pushed by a passion for making a difference to her colleagues, Marie ignored her natural risk aversion and introversion to assume leadership roles that would make a difference.

Marie was elected to the presidency of The National Resume Writers’ Association.

She created Career Confidante Radio.

In early 2015, she assumed ownership of Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy, and, in 2017, she acquired the suite of Reach Personal Branding training and certification programs.

As CEO, speaker, and trainer, Marie shares proven and leading-edge career management, branding, job search, resume development, social media, and leadership expertise with professionals worldwide. 

YOU inspire Marie.

You are a world-changer. You transform lives. You deserve the best career training and support available.

Marie is determined you will have it.

Driven by mission. Committed to you. 

Marie's professional designations and distinctions include:

  • Master of Education, Human Resource Studies, Counseling & Career Development
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Master Resume Writer (MRW)
  • Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)
  • Master Brand Strategist & Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategist (CPBS)
  • Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach (CELDC)

Highlights of publications, presentations, and industry leadership roles:

  • Keynote and conference presenter: National Career Development Association (NCDA), National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), The National Resume Writers’ Association (NRWA), regional human resource associations, the Colorado Employment Assistance Program Military & Veterans Employment Expo
  • Trainer for workforce center and career services staff; leadership trainer and consultant for nonprofit organizations and international corporations
  • Past President of national and state career industry associations; graduate of the National Career Development Association leadership academy
  • Author and contributor, NCDA Career Developments, Yahoo! Education, Career Planning & Adult Development Journal, Northern Colorado Business Report, Business News Daily, Bring Your A Game to Work (Center for Work Ethic Development)
  • Host, The Career Confidante (VoiceAmerica Radio)
  • Author of numerous resume, job search, career marketing, and interviewing articles

Contact information:


Phone: +1 855-333-5793

Resume Writing Academy:



Register Today

ACRW Registration: $1895 or 3 payments of $650.


Start now with the self-paced program. Self-paced and live webclass students receive the same access to classes and materials, in-depth feedback on assignments, and one-on-one access to instructors.

Interested in having your team take the program? Ask us about our group rates! Email marie[at]

Save $500 on the ACRW & ACPW: Bundle the Academy Certified Resume Writer training with the Academy Certified Profile Writer training for $3290 or 6 payments of $565.

Bundle the ACRW & ACPW

Why choose rwa?

Here are the top 6 reasons professionals from universities, community colleges, military transition centers, and in private practice choose Resume Writing Academy:

1. We've been training resume writers for more than 12 years. You'll benefit from proven virtual training techniques and get access to hundreds of pages of resume and letter samples aligned with current trends.

2. From grammar to formatting and strategy, you'll learn everything you need to stand out as an expert in the field. Your comprehensive materials will include a wide range of strategies and styles.

3. You'll receive personalized feedback on 5 writing assignments from top writers in the field. It is one thing to learn concepts and see examples, it is much richer and more meaningful to receive expert, in-depth reviews of your work.

4. You get a great value as there are no renewal fees or membership required! Once you complete this comprehensive program, there's no continuing education requirement.

5. You can complete the training on your schedule or within a group webclass. No matter which option you choose, you'll have access to individual support and interaction with the ACRW community.

6. You'll join a community of graduates and students on 5 continents. The program teaches best practices in writing that work in all areas of the globe.

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