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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The report puts the satellite campus in danger of losing its Medicare and Medicaid certification. oregonlive, 9 May 2022 The attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump prompted members of Congress to hide and disrupted their certification of President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2022 At the time when McRae-Bergeron earned her CRNA certification in 1975, a doctor of nurse practice was not required. Julie Washington, cleveland, 2 May 2022 Now, PlannerDAO is providing those who complete the CDAA program with a unique NFT as their certification. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 Tokyu paid an undisclosed amount to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility behind the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, for certification vouching for its use of renewables, even as Japan continues to use coal and other fossil fuels. Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Apr. 2022 Pence ultimately resisted the overwhelming pressure from Trump and his allies and did not attempt to object to Biden's certification. Farnoush Amiri, Chron, 24 Apr. 2022 Pence ultimately resisted the overwhelming pressure from Trump and his allies and did not attempt to object to Biden’s certification. Farnoush Amiri, Chicago Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 Lee did not join with several Republicans in objecting to the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of certification

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Certification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certification. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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


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

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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