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Education entries on Careers can’t have durations of 1 year or less

When adding ones Certifications on, if one studied and got certified in less than a year, trying to enter in the same starting year and ending year gives error "End date must be after start date".

Unless I am misunderstanding the meaning of the date range, shouldn't this be changed to allow the same start and end years?

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marked as duplicate by mjibson Jan 9 '13 at 23:30

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I think the certification date is for how long the certification is valid, not when you started/ended the program – simchona Jan 7 '13 at 7:17
Thanks. Then perhaps this should be more clearly stated? – user66001 Jan 7 '13 at 16:10
Thinking more about this, can conceivably believe that a certification could only be valid for a year, and if not renewed, is also an issue for the status quo. – user66001 Jan 8 '13 at 1:06
If this field is meant to indicate how long the certificate is valid then it needs to allow more time into the future, some certificates are valid for a couple of years. – faker Jan 8 '13 at 10:15
@faker - It does, 10 years I think. Issue is if A) It is only valid for a year, B) Stating that this field is for certification validity, and not (what I thought it was) years of study. – user66001 Jan 8 '13 at 17:19
@user66001 no, I wanted to add one today and the last possible to year is 2013. – faker Jan 8 '13 at 18:07
@faker - My apologies. Guess I was remembering the large number of years that I have now discovered exist in the past, in those drop downs. – user66001 Jan 8 '13 at 22:38
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If you only want to indicate one year, leave the other year blank.

Update: you can now do this. Check the duplicate question.

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I'll repeat the comment made by jheriko the last time this issue arose (and was marked status-by-design); this is a usability bug and is non-standard from every other date-range field I've used in my life. – Matt Jan 9 '13 at 23:03
@Matt - Seems that both methods (Choosing blank year and same as start year) are now possible (Respectively - One displays just the start year; The other, a range of whatever start and end year is specified) – user66001 Jan 10 '13 at 1:41

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