|The basis of a certification process arises from peer groups creating a job task analysis of the credential based on required knowledge and skills that lead to standards being set for the credential.
||Course content is likely set by an instructor or committee that enables a curriculum for a program delivered in several hours or a few days.
|Being awarded a credential reflects having passed examination that measures competencies arising from the “blueprint” created above.
||Being awarded a certificate reflects having attended a course or courses with a specific subject matter.
|Becoming certified means that the person who earns the credential may put certain letters or acronym after the person’s name.
||The certificate is a piece of paper given to the person who attended the course or courses the subject of which is typically cited in a resume.
|Being awarded a credential sends a strong signal to the public, media and regulators that the holder possesses special knowledge or skills that reflect well on the holder and the holder’s employer.
||The certificate holder may or may not possess special knowledge or skills as the certificate of attendance is just that, for attendance at a program wherein examination of knowledge gains does not typically take place.
|A credential is awarded by an independent standard-setting organization whose credentials and certification process are accredited by independent third-party accreditation authorities.
||The certificate is awarded by training entities, companies or others who solicit attendance and then award a certificate for attendance.
|Generally requires professional experience.
||Awarded regardless of experience.