Once your gathering level reached Level 10 (typically once you’ve completed Chapter 1 and 2 in the Newbie Guide), you’ll be prompted to pick a Cert (a profession) for your character. Each Cert comes with special skills and exclusive items as you level up. Choose wisely as you would be spending real money if you want to change it later.

Go to Camp Hall (if you’re already in a camp) or 2nd floor of Hope 101 Commerce Bureau to look for Jessica from the Third Caravan to get yourself certified in one of the 9 professions available. 

There are 3 categories with 3 certs each with 9 certs available overall: 

Gather Expert 

All you who enjoy gathering and grinding (like me), this is the profession for you! You can get certain exclusive items with each Cert. Mount Snow will be your favourite place to be because of the vast amount of resources they have for gatherers.

Cert

Professional Skills

Lumberjack

(aka Logger) 

You can cut Enriched Wood such as Stumps and Olives. Logging Speed is increased. After Promotion, Wood Resource Crit Chance is increased. 

Exclusive Items: Broadleaf and Cedar Leaves 

  • Enriched Wood Logging: You can cut down trees such as tree stumps, Olive Trees and Palm Trees to obtained enriched wood. Enriched wood produces 10 times as much wood, the chance of obtaining secondary resources is greatly increased. 
  • Quick Logging: Logging speed increased by 4%. 
  • Primary Wood Crit Chance: Primary logging crit chance increased by 2.5%. 
  •  Secondary Woods Crit Chance: Secondary logging crit chance increased by 2%.
  • Broadleaf: There is a 6% chance to get profession exclusive secondary resource when logging for level 4 trees.
  • Boxwood: When logging for level 4 trees, chance to get boxwood ore increased by 5%. 
  • Birch Root: When logging for level 5 wood, there is a 6% chance of getting profession exclusive secondary resource birch root. 
  • Old Cedar Leaves: When logging Level 5 trees, the chance of obtaining Old Oak is increased by 5%. When your Talent reaches Level 4, logging Level 6 trees will have a chance of obtaining the profession exclusive secondary resource Cedar Leaves. 

Miner

You can gather Ore from Enriched Veins including Iron Ore, Tin Ore and Aluminium Ore. Mining Speed will be increased. 

Exclusive Items: Silicon and Pyrargyrite 

  • Enriched Vien Gathering: Can gather iron ore, tin ore, aluminum ore and copper ore from enriched veins. Enriched veins produce resource 10 times. Chance to obtain secondary resource greatly increases. 
  • Quick Quarrying: Quarrying speed increased by 4%.
  • Primary Ore Crit Chance: Primary quarrying crit chance increased by 2.5%. 
  • Secondary Quarry Crit Chance: Secondary quarrying crit chance increased by 2%.
  • Silicon: When digging for level 4 ore, there is a 6% chance to get this profession exclusive secondary resource.
  • Skilled Copper Mining: When digging for level 4 ore, chance to get copper ore increased by 5%.
  • Pyrargyrite: When digging for level 5 ore, there is a 6% chance of obtaining the profession exclusive secondary resource pyrargyrite. 
  • Silver Rare Earth One: When digging Level 5 ore, the change of obtaining Silver Ore is increased by 5%. When your Talent reaches Level 4, mining Level 6 Ore will have a chance of obtaining the profession exclusive secondary resource Rare-earth Ore. 
  • Gold Ore Mercury: When digging for Level 6 ore, chance of obtaining Gold Ore is increased by 5%. When at Level 3 Talent, there is a chance of obtaining Quicksilver. 

Hemp Picker 

You can gather Enriched Hemp such as Mutant Hemp. Picking Speed is also increased. After Promotion, Hemp Resource Crit Chance is increased. 

Exclusive Items: Jute Stem, Kenaf Bast and Castor Bast. 

  • Enriched Hemp Gathering: Can gather enriched hemp such as mutant hemp, a single gathering of enriched hemp can produce more hemp leaves. Chance to get secondary resource greatly increases. 
  • Quick Gather: Bare-handed gathering speed increased by 4%. 
  • Primary Hemp Crit Chance: Primary hemp gathering crit chance increased by 2.5%. 
  • Secondary Hemp Crit Chance: Secondary hemp gathering crit chance increased by 2% 
  • Jute Stem: When gathering level 4 hemp there is a 12% chance to get this profession exclusive secondary resource.
  • Jute Leaf: When gathering level 4 hemp, chance to get jute leaf increased by 5%.
  • Kenaf Bast: When gathering level 5 hemp there is a 12% chance of obtaining profession exclusive secondary resource Kenaf Bast. 
  • Sisal Leaf and Castor Bast: When gathering Level 5 hemp, the chance of obtaining Sisal Leaf is increased by 5%. When your Talent reaches Level 4, gathering Level 6 hemp will have a chance of obtaining the profession exclusive secondary resource Castor Bast. 
  • Nettle Hops: When gathering Level 6 Help, the chance to get Nettle Leaves is increased by 5%. When the Talent is at level 3, the chance to get Hops is increased.  
  • Mallow Seeds: After learning, you can purchase Piemarker Seeds from Tex Brandon and the Furniture Store. After planting, you can get a Profession Exclusive Secondary Resource – Piemarker Stalks. 

Craft Expert 

With this profession, you get to craft some really amazing weapons, armours and furnitures. You won’t be able to gather those exclusive items mentioned earlier. You can, however, purchase them from Trade City. Most people would agree that craft experts are the richest players so spending some gold bars to get the crafting resources shouldn’t be a problem. 

Cert

Professional Skills

Firearms Maker

(aka Gunmaker)  

You can make molotovs. Firearm repair wear also decreases. 

Exclusive Items: Molotov, UMP9 Collector’s Edition Skin and ammo increase. 

  • Molotov: Unlock to get Molotov formula. 
  • Weapon Recovery Master: Sturdiness lost during weapon refinement decreased by 5%. 
  • Lucky Production: When making pig iron, iron castings, and hard aluminum alloys, there is a 5% chance to get 1 extra product. 
  • UMP9 Enhancement: Unlock to get UMP9 Collector’s edition formula. 
  • Steel Pipe Making: Unlock to get steel pipe formula. 
  • Assembly Line Production: Ammunition is produced ammo boxes increased by 5%. 
  • Engineering Plastic: Unlock to obtain engineering plastic formula. 
  • Luck in Hand: When making screws, steel, and springs, there is a 5% chance of obtaining 1 extra. Profession exclusive Titanium Alloy Workable can be unlocked when upgrading Talents to Level 4. 
  • Amalgam Part: When making Weapon Parts, there is a 5% chance of obtaining 1 extra product. When making Amalgam at Talent level 3, there is a chance of obtaining 1 extra product. 
  • Low-temp Steel: Profession Exclusive Workable Low-temperature Steel Formula obtained. 

Armourer 

You can make Backpacks, Armor repair wear will also be decreased. After Promotion, the obtain rate of Workables will be increased. 

Exclusive Items: Level 4 Backpack, Punk Jacket and Leather. 

  • Backpack Production: Unlock to get hiking bag outfit gift box formula. Get the corresponding outfit after opening the box. You can sell the gift box to other players in the trade city.
  • Armor Recovery Master: Sturdiness lost during armor refinement decreased by 5%.
  • Lucky Production: When making a rag, fabric or nylon cloth, there is a 5% chance of getting 1 extra product. 
  • Punk Jacket: Get the punk jacket formula. 
  • Leather-making Technology: Unlock to get a profession exclusive semi-finished leather formula. 
  • Level 4 Expand Backpack: Unlock to get a profession exclusive level 4 backpack expansion material formula. 
  • Sewing Thread Crafting: Unlock to obtain the profession exclusive workable sewing thread formula. 
  • Luck in Hand: When making plastic, polyester cloth or flannel, there is a 5% chance of obtaining 1 extra. Profession exclusive Fiberglass+ Workable can be unlocked when upgrading Talents Level 4. 
  • Fiber Cloth Flannel Cloth: When making Fiber Cloth, there is a 5% chance to get 1 extra product. When making Flannel Cloth at Talent level 4, there is a chance of obtaining 1 extra product. 
  • Silica Gel: Profession exclusive workable Inorganic Silica Gel Formula obtained.  

Furniture Maker 

You can make quality chemical fertilizer. Station costs also decrease. Promotion will increase the chance of obtaining Building Workables. Can get profession Gear – Land Mine. 

  • Advance Fertilizer Production Method: Unlock to get an advanced fertilizer formula. 
  • Fine Construction: When building, upgrading and repairing in a transfer station costs are decreased by 5%. 
  • Trap Master: Unlock to get a portable land mine formula. 
  • Lucky Production: When making wooden boards, bricks, and cement, there is a 5% chance to get 1 extra product. 
  • Light-fixture Production: Unlock to get a minimalist lamp formula. You can sell minimalist lamps to other players in the trade city. 
  • Serendipity: When opening chests in the wilderness, there is a 5% chance to get new dollars. 
  • Farming Expert: You can buy the profession exclusive fowl goose from Tex Brandon. Yields when feeding animals in the manor, using fertilizer on the crops and oil on the mining machine, will increase by 10%. Unlock the profession exlusive Honeycomb Board workable when your Talent reaches Level 4.  
  • Building Paint: Unlock to obtain the profession exclusive workable building coating formula. 
  • Verticle Floor Lamp: Unlock to get the Formula for the Profession Exclusive Furniture – Floor Lamp. You can sell Floor Lamps to other players in Trade City. 
  • Mortise and Tenon Joint: Unlock to obtain Profession Exclusive Workable.  

Combat Expert 

The following three professions are ideal if you’re playing mostly PvP based games as they help you deal more damage. 

Cert

Professional Skills

Rifleman 

Increases Rifle DMG. Gain extra spoils from the Infected. After Promotion, DMG to buildings increases. Get DMG Bonuses when beating players. Med effects also increase. 

  • Quick Dissection: Can root out extra loot from the infected in Charles town or Farstar city. 
  • Break The Surface: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun to continuously deal damage to a single enemy, the damage is increased gradually up to a maximum of 5%. 
  • Destructive Madman: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, damage dealt with buildings is increased by 8%. 
  • Honor Badge: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, the damage is increased by 1% for every hostile player that is beaten down( maximum 5% ). 
  • Battlefield Recovery: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, medicine recovery effect is increased by 10%.
  • Crippling Fire: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, the first shot battle cripples the enemy, slowing them by 5% and preventing them from sprinting for the next 3 seconds. 
  • Quick Hemostasis: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, feebleness duration is decreased by 15%. When seriously injured, the speed of emergency treatment and medication use is increased by 15%. 
  • Drone Expert: Damage dealt with drone increased by 10%. Has a 4% chance to hit giant monsters’ weak spots. After this talent reaches Level 4, Drone skills’ CD will be reduced. 
  • Jump Suppression: When using an Assault Rifle, Submachine Gun, Rifle or Shotgun, damage dealt to enemies who are jumping is increased by 5%.  
  • Armor-piercing Missile: When using an Assault Rifle, Submachine Gun, Rifle or Shotgun to deal damage, there is a 25% chance of ignoring 1 of the enemy’s armor. 1 extra armor is ignored for every 1 attribute/ special skill upgrade the weapon has. Up to 3 Armor can be ignored. 

Sniper

Increases Sniper Rifle DMG. Gain extra spoils from soldiers. After Promotion, can geotag enemies, and DMG to low HP enemies is increased. Headshots can Trance target. 

  • Skilled Search: Can root out extra loot from the hostile soldiers in Charles town or Farstar city. 
  • Let The Bullets Fly: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, the damage is increased by 1% for every 80 yards that a bullet travels, up to a maximum of 5%.  
  • Marker Bullet: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, the enemy that is hit will be marked within 3 seconds. 
  • Tear Wound: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, when damage is dealt to the enemies with less than 40% HP, they will be injured for a continuous 5 seconds taking 3 damage per second. 
  • Head Blow: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, headshot damage is increased by 8%. The enemy receiving headshot damage gets a blurred vision for 2 seconds. 
  • Calm Blood: When gun sights are on, breath hold bar reduction speed is 10% slower. 
  • Enhanced Accessory: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka is fully equipped with accessories, you’ll restore 3% HP every 10 seconds when attacking. 
  • Infectious Ammo: Damage dealt to the humanoid monster when using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, is increased by 8%. When attacking players, 5 health decreases every 5 seconds. After reaching Talent Level 4, heavy weapon’s damage increases.  

Warrior 

Increases loot from other players, melee weapons don’t drain energy. After Promotion, frontal attacks DMG down. Meat dishes HP up. 1st attack may knockback enemies. 

  • Road Bandit: After killing enemy player 0-3 slots are added to your backpack in which you can place their items. 
  • Breathing method: When making an unarmed strike or attacking with a non-firearms, there is a 10% chance of not using any energy. 
  • Fearless Warrior: When making an unarmed strike or attacking with a non-firearms, damage taken is decreased by 8% when standing face to face with an enemy. 
  • Carnivorous: Gain HP regeneration effect by eating meat. Different food has a different effect. 
  • Rapid Slash: When making an unarmed strike or attacking with non-firearms, the first strike has a 40% chance of making non-large enemies flee from combat. 
  • Tough Will: Grievous injury time decreases by 70% of its original amount. 
  • Critical Attack: When attacking non-large units level 5 with cold weapons or unarmed, you have an 8% chance to inflict under attack status on the target. 
  • Assault Expert: When unarmed or using a  cold weapon, damage taken to everywhere except for your head will be reduced by 8%. 
  • Vigorous Posture: when holding a non-firearm, damage taken when squatting is reduced by 8%. 
  • Crippling Blow: When you deal damange with non-firearms, it has a 8% chance to make the target unable to jump and squat for the next 5 seconds. Duration increases by 0.5 seconds for every 1 attribute/ special skill upgrade the weapon has. 

Which is the best profession?

Obviously the best profession to select would be the one that’s based on your gaming style. Firearms Maker is known to be the best recommended profession according to many. I personally prefer to be a gatherer as I hardly want to go into combat mode unless I have to but it really boils down to how you want to play the game. Isn’t that the beauty of an open world cum sandbox games? So, which profession do you think it’s the best? Feel free to comment below and let me know your thoughts.