cer·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌsər-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce certification (audio) \

Definition of certification

1 : the act of certifying : the state of being certified
2 : a certified statement

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Synonyms for certification


certificate, document, instrument

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Examples of certification in a Sentence

the certification of the vote She had to wait until her certification as a nurse before she could start her new job. The certifications of nine teachers were revoked. The school offers scuba diving certification.
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The song sold more than 65,000 units to earn the certification and the music clip has more than 78 million views. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "This Week in Latin Notas: Ricky Martin's 'Fiebre' Goes Platinum, Carlos Vives Fights Plastic Pollution & More," 12 June 2018 Elgin gives job candidates preference points for various certifications and military service. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "With eye on diversity, Elgin may relax requirements for firefighter applicants," 24 May 2018 Rincon said that under board policy teachers' job placement is determined by academic needs, certification and seniority. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Teachers worry about jobs as Fort Worth school district makes reassignments | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 Elwell has not personally engaged with the company about regulating flying cars, hel told Recode, though the agency’s certification and standards experts are in constant dialogue with the industry. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The FAA will have ‘zero tolerance’ for anything less safe than current standards when it comes to regulating flying cars," 9 May 2018 Commercial cloud providers for the federal government must seek certification from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which awards approval based on the sensitivity of data the service is hosting. Naomi Nix, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft says it nears security win ahead of deadline for Pentagon cloud bid," 9 Oct. 2018 The lawsuit goes after a provision in the law that requires local teachers unions to reapply for certification from the state, if their membership fell below 50 percent of the teaching staff in their district. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida teachers union sues state over 'busting unions' law," 2 July 2018 Rodriguez has a joint degree in English and history, with teacher certification, from Our Lady of the Lake University. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Power Broker Rodriguez advocates for young children, teen parents as Children’s Shelter CEO," 11 June 2018 Look for certifications from organizations like Certi-Pur, which guarantee eco-friendly, low-VOC production practices. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "The 6 Best Memory-Foam Mattresses to Buy Online," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of certification

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of certification

: the act of making something official : the act of certifying something
: official approval to do something professionally or legally


cer·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌsərt-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce certification (audio) \

Medical Definition of certification

: the act of certifying : the state of being certified psychiatrists with subspecialty board certification in geriatrics— Gary Kennedy


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Legal Definition of certification

1a : the act of certifying
b : the state of being certified — see also certiorari

Note: Certification of an interlocutory decision by a trial court allows an appellate court to review the decision and to answer a controlling question of law. Certification is often used in state courts as well as federal courts and, where available, allows a federal court to refer a question of state law to the state's highest court. Certification is also used to refer to a judge's order that allows a suit to be maintained as a class action.

2 : a certified statement

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