cer·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌsər-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of certification

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

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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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All consultants are assigned certification levels, ranging from green (10 tidying sessions with 2 clients) to master (500 tidying sessions with 50 clients). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the KonMari Method? Here's How to Declutter the Marie Kondo Way," 11 Jan. 2019 The press release, first spotted by Android Police, was for an HDR10+ certification and content program. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "“Samsung x Ars Technica” is not happening," 26 Dec. 2018 Registering your pet as an emotional support animal can take little more than a few clicks on a certification website like therapypet.org or esaregistration.org, and this ease has undoubtedly led to a rise in registrations. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Delta is now restricting emotional support animals on flights. This could be a good thing.," 11 Dec. 2018 And what was the process like, getting that certification? Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Leigh Barnes of the Intrepid Group on Being a More Conscious Traveler," 16 Nov. 2018 The lawsuit also asked the judge to delay the certification deadline to allow more time to fully count the votes. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Georgia State Senator Nikema Williams Was Arrested During a Protest About Uncounted Votes in the Race Between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp," 14 Nov. 2018 But Lau says the company is currently working on how to make updates as quickly as possible while still maintaining T-Mobile’s carrier certification. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The OnePlus 6T might be the company’s big break in America," 29 Oct. 2018 Each month, the board will announce new certifications. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Medical marijuana: Meet some of Greater Cincinnati's first doctors who can sign Ohio medical marijuana cards," 10 July 2018 The lawsuit focuses narrowly on the local union certification section of the more than 180-page law, said Ron Meyer, the union’s attorney. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida teachers union sues state over 'busting unions' law," 2 July 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 \

Medical Definition of certification

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


cer·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌsər-ti-fi-ˈkā-shən \

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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