Industry Certification / Professional Certification

Last Updated 06/26/2024

Credentials that are awarded by certification bodies—typically nonprofit organizations, professional associations, industry and trade organizations, or businesses. Certifications are based on individuals demonstrating through an examination process that they have acquired the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform a specific occupation or job. Depending on the certification body, the credential may be called an industry or a professional certification. Although training may be provided, certifications are not tied to completion of a program of study as are certificates. Certifications are time limited and may be renewed through a re-certification process. Some certifications can be revoked for a violation of a code of ethics (if applicable) or proven incompetence after due process.

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