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Certificate vs Certification
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Sharing this that I took from a valid source, but I had to comment because a lot of people are taking the certificate route and publishing respected competencies. Which is wrong of course.

An authentic professional certification is formal recognition by a respected, recognized, and established professional organization that an individual has demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specified body of knowledge. There has been a great deal of confusion as to the true meaning of certification, especially recently, as individuals and companies strive to achieve and validate competencies in a competitive job market. Numerous training companies, educational institutions, and even individual training consultants are competing to sell training courses that purportedly include “certification.” In many cases, these are not certifications based on a noncommercial standard body of knowledge as developed by objective third-party entities, but rather paper certificates awarded for participating in specific training. While there is nothing wrong with providing evidence of a course completion (whether through a document and/or accredited continuing education units), this should not be confused with the rigor and achievement of a professional certification.

http://asq.org/cert/resource/pdf/certifica...certificate.pdf
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Every seminar, course, training should have an associate CERTIFICATE of Completion issued as a proof but I agree that this does not mean the person is CERTIFIED. I would rather say there is a huge difference between CERTIFICATE and CERTIFIED.
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Apr 07, 2016 12:14 PM
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Totally Agree!!
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Apr 07, 2016 11:39 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Every seminar, course, training should have an associate CERTIFICATE of Completion issued as a proof but I agree that this does not mean the person is CERTIFIED. I would rather say there is a huge difference between CERTIFICATE and CERTIFIED.
Totally Agree!!
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I think a lot of the misinformation we see in certification and certificates is actually a misunderstanding in the definition of accreditation. Holding a PMP is evidence that the holder has PMI accreditation, not certification. Holding a certificate of completion can indicate certification, but not necessarily accreditation. The differentiator is the measurement by a recognized body. For example, I could hold an MBA certificate/diploma from get-an-mba-in-5-days.com (made up website) but that MBA is not provided by an institute accredited by the AACSB and therefore has less value or merit. Doctors have similar accreditations based on whether or not their education is provided by an accredited body and whether or not they passed their board exams. Doctors are not required to pass board exams to practice using the title "Dr." but those that have passed their boards have different merit and privileges than those that haven't. Patients must be aware of whether or not their doctor has achieved board accreditation as it's a marker of both proficiency and rights within the medical community. Similarly, hiring managers may consider PMI accredited professionals (those that are PMP certified) to be or a higher caliber or merit than those that are not PMP certified.
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Apr 08, 2016 4:35 AM
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Great input Helen
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Thank you, Helen, for this clarification.
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Thanks for this explanation and clarification. At my workplace, many of my colleagues think that when they complete a certificate that they are accredited. Many times, I have had to explain the difference in being certified and accredited.
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Apr 08, 2016 5:30 AM
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Agree, we need to keep explaining one and again so they can be aware...
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A few of the differences between certificate and certification is as follows:
- certificate goes thru an educational program while certification goes thru an assessment process
- the certificate awardee demonstrates that he has knowledge of the course content only while the certified individual has knowledge of the whole process or discipline and has to maintain that credential and keep abreast with updates
- the certificate is granted or awarded by an educational institution, training company or a company's training facility while a certification is awarded by a standards (or in many cases professional) organization or group

There may a be a lot more differences. And the thing is you can put both in your CV or resume but most big companies would know the difference or it's up to their HR to assess the candidates' capabilities.
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2 replies by George Lewis and Gregorio Torre
Apr 08, 2016 4:44 AM
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Gregorio, great differences shown...

But regarding that most big companies would know the differences, this may be true for PMP and most common ones, but there are so many certifications out there and so many people going with lower lever providers and also going for certificates instead of certifications. I hope these types of chats will raise HR awareness on these topics.
Apr 08, 2016 4:51 AM
Gregorio Torre
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That's also true, George. HR awareness which is of greater value should have more weight.
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If we talk about "certification", on my opinion, HR/employer are main targeted consumers of any types of "certification".
So HR are clearly understand difference "certification" and "certificates".

For example, there are many who asked directly "PMP PMI" in opened PM's job positions. In my case, the obtaining of "PMI PMP certification" had the straight impact on the rising of salary.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Apr 08, 2016 4:40 AM
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I agree Andrey... I wish other certifications were as strong as the PMI, having rarely someone decides to go to a different source for Project Management, yet for other certifications there is so many tricky things going on...
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Apr 07, 2016 12:44 PM
Replying to Helen Tanona
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I think a lot of the misinformation we see in certification and certificates is actually a misunderstanding in the definition of accreditation. Holding a PMP is evidence that the holder has PMI accreditation, not certification. Holding a certificate of completion can indicate certification, but not necessarily accreditation. The differentiator is the measurement by a recognized body. For example, I could hold an MBA certificate/diploma from get-an-mba-in-5-days.com (made up website) but that MBA is not provided by an institute accredited by the AACSB and therefore has less value or merit. Doctors have similar accreditations based on whether or not their education is provided by an accredited body and whether or not they passed their board exams. Doctors are not required to pass board exams to practice using the title "Dr." but those that have passed their boards have different merit and privileges than those that haven't. Patients must be aware of whether or not their doctor has achieved board accreditation as it's a marker of both proficiency and rights within the medical community. Similarly, hiring managers may consider PMI accredited professionals (those that are PMP certified) to be or a higher caliber or merit than those that are not PMP certified.
Great input Helen
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Apr 08, 2016 3:13 AM
Replying to Andrey Shabardin
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If we talk about "certification", on my opinion, HR/employer are main targeted consumers of any types of "certification".
So HR are clearly understand difference "certification" and "certificates".

For example, there are many who asked directly "PMP PMI" in opened PM's job positions. In my case, the obtaining of "PMI PMP certification" had the straight impact on the rising of salary.
I agree Andrey... I wish other certifications were as strong as the PMI, having rarely someone decides to go to a different source for Project Management, yet for other certifications there is so many tricky things going on...
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Apr 07, 2016 10:00 PM
Replying to Gregorio Torre
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A few of the differences between certificate and certification is as follows:
- certificate goes thru an educational program while certification goes thru an assessment process
- the certificate awardee demonstrates that he has knowledge of the course content only while the certified individual has knowledge of the whole process or discipline and has to maintain that credential and keep abreast with updates
- the certificate is granted or awarded by an educational institution, training company or a company's training facility while a certification is awarded by a standards (or in many cases professional) organization or group

There may a be a lot more differences. And the thing is you can put both in your CV or resume but most big companies would know the difference or it's up to their HR to assess the candidates' capabilities.
Gregorio, great differences shown...

But regarding that most big companies would know the differences, this may be true for PMP and most common ones, but there are so many certifications out there and so many people going with lower lever providers and also going for certificates instead of certifications. I hope these types of chats will raise HR awareness on these topics.
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