Different types of
certificates may seem very similar to one another,
and in some situations more than one type could be
awarded to the same basic end. Nevertheless,
there are definite, if subtle, distinctions
between them in terms of why they are issued.
the acquisition of a skill or ability or the
realization of a goal.
Conferred to honor a remarkable feat or a
performance of duty that far exceeds what is
that the recipient was present at a course, seminar, etc.
Most often awarded by programs that do not include an
Completion- Certifies that
the recipient has finished a learning program and has met all
requirements of the program. These requirements usually
entail passing one or more exams.
the superior performance of the awardee and may
document his/her expertise in some area.
that the recipient is competent, experienced or
otherwise adept in a field or skill. Often
conferred after the recipient has passed a
acknowledges special service or outstanding
performance on the part of an employee or
member. Usually bestowed as an expression of
Training- Documents that the
recipient has received specific instruction and/or hands
on experience in a subject, field or