Become a certified consultant — does it make sense for you? Whether you should become a certified consultant or not really depends on the field you work in and the clients you serve. Certainly, in some fields, like real estate or medicine, you need to have specific credentials to call yourself a member of the profession. But you rarely need to become a "certified consultant" just to open up shop as a consultant.
However, if you want to act as a reseller of certain products, you may need to gain certification. It’s not unusual for IT consultants to pick up designations as certified consultants for products like Accpac, Siebel and so on. But there’s nothing stopping those IT consultants from being consultants without that certification. It just depends on the perks, referral fees and discounts they’d like to access.
Before you pay for certification, stop and ask yourself why you’re doing it. Don’t assume that the credentials of an association will be enough to win clients over. It’s not uncommon for a certificate to be worth the paper it’s written on. You might be better to invest your time in money in building your client base, education or training — not necessarily some "certification" you found on the web or in a classified ad.