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Friday, January 6, 2012

Do those around you really know the differences between credentials?
 
Training is vocational schooling.  When a student completes a training course, he/she earns a training certificate or diploma.  The student owns the training certificate and can add it to his/her curriculum vitae.  No further requirements are necessary. 
 
Certifications are affidavits of industry knowledge - knowledge beyond a course curriculum.  When an individual demonstrates knowledge, he/she earns a certification designation.  The individual does not own the designation, but may renew it after meeting its requirements.
 
Accredited Certifications are professional credentials qualified and recognized by one of three independent organizations.  Certification programs accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) must require verifiable field experience.

Charlie Wiles, executive director

American Council for Accredited Certification | Post Office Box 1000 | Yarnell, AZ  85362-1000
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