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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Yet some of the companies acknowledge that such certifications have been inadequate to the child labor challenge. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019 But the timing of the plane’s 2020 commercial debut is uncertain amid a controversy over the U.S. aircraft certification process in the wake of two deadly crashes for Boeing’s narrow-body 737 Max. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Boeing in talks to sell 100 jets to China amid rising trade tensions," 5 June 2019 The number of new monitors isn’t quite as impressive as that percentage sounds, as Nvidia’s new certification program is still in its early days—though any increase is appreciated. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's next Game Ready driver will add 7 new G-Sync Compatible displays," 17 Apr. 2019 On the safety front, the company has met all necessary industry standards set forth by the ASTM and underwent the the JPMA (Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association) safety certification program. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Mockingbird Is a New Direct-to-Consumer Brand for Strollers, and We're Obsessed," 18 Mar. 2019 While Wi-Fi 6 is already supported by a few gadgets, expect a flood of devices in 2020, after the Alliance’s certification program kicks in. David Pierce, WSJ, "From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 5G, All Your Wireless Is About to Change," 27 Jan. 2019 That is why having the consulting meteorologist certification is a great differentiator. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s a Forensic Meteorologist? ‘I Call It CSI for the Weather’," 18 Jan. 2019 The certification is the final step in officially declaring Mr. Lamb the winner of the March 13 special election, which was to fill the vacancy left by former Rep. Tim Murphy’s resignation last year. Fox News, "Lamb is officially official," 2 Apr. 2018 And one where color matters: All ConceptD laptop displays will have 100-percent Adobe RGB color gamut, Pantone certification, and a Delta-E (a color differentiation measurement) of less than 1 percent. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Sorry, gamers: Acer's ConceptD PCs are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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