ALL ABOUT CREDENTIALS
NOT ALL CREDENTIALS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Below are some definitions and a chart indicating important differences in the types of credentials.
Regardless of the type of credential you are pursuing, all of them require you to pay a fee. The fee may be a one-time thing or you may need to pay each time you re-certify. Do your research and know what your financial impact will be before you start the process.
A general term referring to any type of qualification or achievement a person may attain which usually implies they are sufficiently trained or otherwise able to do a certain type of work at minimum quality level, (as defined by the credentialing institution), or the person has completed a certain course of study.
There are 3 main types of credentials you will find out in the world: Professional Designations, Certificates and Certifications.
Are the most general and often only require an application process and fee payment. They do not indicate the holder of the designation has completed any course of study or passed any exam. As such, they are the least compelling credential of the three. The term ‘professional designation’ is also used generally to refer to any credential one may attain.
Certificates and Certifications:
require more clarification as shown in the chart below.