credentials

Credentials offer proof of a fact, or of qualifications. A driver’s license, a doctor’s badge, or a diploma all count as credentials — as long as they’re real!

One document can be a credential, but the word usually still gets pluralized. Credentials prove that the bearer has gotten credit for what he or she has done, as with a transcript, diploma, or certificate proving a person’s activities. Your credentials allow you to get the job, but your skills are what make you good at your job. Credentials can also prove that you are allowed to do something or go somewhere, like a badge that gets you past security.

Definitions of credentials
  1. noun
    a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
    synonyms: certificate, certification, credential
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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)
    registration
    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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