Certificate V Certification


Results from an assessment process that recognizes an individual’s knowledge, skills and competency in a particular specialty

Typically requires professional experience

Awarded by a third-party, standard-setting organization, typically not for profit

Indicates mastery/competency as measured against a defensible set of standards, usually by application or exam

Standards set through a defensible, industry-wide process (job analysis/role delineation) that results in an outline of required knowledge and skills

Typically results in credentials to be listed after one’s name (CMA, CPT, CPCT)

Has on-going requirements in order to maintain; holder must demonstrate he/she continues to meet requirements

Certificate of completion:

Awarded by educational programs or institutions that indicates completion of a course