A credential is something that’s proof of a claim you make about yourself or your skills. You might earn a credential in computer networking that lets employers know that you’re qualified to do the job.

A credential can be a particular qualification that you earn or it can refer more generally to achievements or qualities that you’ve acquired over time. You’ll most often see the word credential used in its plural form: credentials. You typically refer to your credentials to show that you're qualified to do something. Your strong academic credentials might qualify you to work as an assistant at a hip magazine during the summer.

Definitions of credential

n a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

certificate, certification, 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)

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