Certification is official proof that something is true or authentic, or the process of obtaining that proof. To work as a life guard, you need certification in both swimming and first aid — and a whole lot of sunscreen.

If you want to be an elementary school teacher, you'll need to get certification, which shows you've been tested and found qualified to teach. Likewise, an auto mechanic's certification demonstrates her education and skill at car repair. One element of certification is demonstrating your ability, and the other is obtaining a document (or certificate) so you can prove that ability to other people.

Primary Meanings of certification

confirmation that some fact or statement is true through the use of documentary evidence
the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
Full Definitions of certification

n confirmation that some fact or statement is true through the use of documentary evidence

corroboration, documentation
Type of:
information that confirms or verifies

n a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

certificate, credential, credentials
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certificate of incorporation
state approval of the articles of incorporation of a corporation
birth certificate
a copy of the official document giving details of a person's birth
diploma, sheepskin
a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
commission, military commission
an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
bill of health
a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival)
a document certifying an act of registering
teacher's certificate, teaching certificate
a certificate saying that the holder is qualified to teach in the public schools
probate, probate will
a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
HND, Higher National Diploma
a diploma given for vocational training that prepares the student for a career in a particular area; good students may progress to a course leading to a degree
Type of:
document, papers, written document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

n validating the authenticity of something or someone

Type of:
proof, substantiation, validation
the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something

n the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on

the act of withdrawing certification or terminating a franchise
the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards)
Type of:
authorisation, authorization, empowerment
the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant

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