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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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 post celebrated a government certification that allowed Microsoft Azure, the company’s cloud-computing platform, to handle sensitive unclassified information for ICE. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "Microsoft's Ethical Reckoning Is Here," 18 June 2018 Graduates will be required to gain a certification in an in-demand employment field to improve their chances of getting a job, Coble said. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary Excel Center, Goodwill outlet eye April opening," 4 June 2018 Some Recovery Connections participants also dispensed medication with no training, even though state law requires a special certification. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "Drug users got exploited. Disabled patients got hurt. One woman benefited from it all. | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018 She’s now a graduate student at Maryland University of Integrative Health in clinical nutrition with a certification in gut health. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Stock your garden with gut-friendly produce," 2 May 2018 Furry friends joining your Canadian road trip can enter Canada if they're accompanied by a rabies vaccination certification, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Do you need a passport to drive to Canada?," 2 July 2018 Last year, Barkan's management decided to upgrade to the most stringent Israeli kosher certification, issued by the Eda Haredit ultra-Orthodox kosher certifier. Jewish Journal, "Ethiopian workers to return to Barkan wineries following public outcry," 27 June 2018 The district plans to install four corner posts marking a 300-by-175-foot section on the west end of the park for use by drone enthusiasts who have the proper certification to fly, Director of Parks Kevin Finnegan said. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Park District to open a drone flying park in October," 19 June 2018 Provencio couldn’t say whether the council may act on the petition at its Aug. 2 meeting or whether the council could accept the clerk’s certification, hold the requisite public hearing and take action all in the same meeting. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Group continues fight for mandatory paid sick leave," 14 June 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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