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Program or process (voluntary) by which an organization (professional association, specialized institution, academic institution) confirms that a product, service, system, process, material (or a learner) conform to specific standards, as they were measured against a set of requirements (criteria or quality standards). The overall intent of certification is to inform the public that organizations or individuals (learners) who have achieved certification have demonstrated a particular degree of expertise in a particular field/area, thus offering some degree of public protection. As an outcome, it is possible to distinguish between those who have demonstrated competence - according to specific standards - and those who have not. In the case of learners, the process is composed of a series of prescribed assessments with a recognized validity and an authentication. For organization / programs, the certification process is normally carried out by an independent agent and sometimes requires an auditing.[1] See also: Award, UNITAR Awarding System, Badges


  1. www.nwlink.com (11 March 2008), www.compad.com.au (11 March 2008), www.ibstpi.org (21 April 2009)