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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The investigation considered that the design and certification of this feature was inadequate. USA Today, "What’s next for the 737 MAX – and Boeing," 6 Feb. 2020 The masks are for internal use, but Ford is pursuing certification for medical use, too. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Ford expands making medical products, tags two Michigan plants," 13 Apr. 2020 Gulf of Alaska cod have had the certification for about 10 years. USA TODAY, "Conch contest, golf tree, Geena Davis: News from around our 50 states," 9 Mar. 2020 Gerstenmaier will play a key role in ensuring the safety of those missions and helping SpaceX secure certification for the Crew Dragon vehicle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "William Gerstenmaier joins SpaceX, and that’s a really big deal," 11 Feb. 2020 Last year, the joint effort became the first in the country to gain an unrestricted Federal Aviation Administration certification for commercial delivery flights beyond the sight of the operator. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Waymo’s alliance with UPS is a big deal for autonomous vehicles," 31 Jan. 2020 Arizona's State Board of Education will consider suspending Cheesebrough's teaching certification for a year at a meeting on Dec. 13. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Scottsdale Coronado High teacher was accused of misconduct at West Virginia school," 4 Dec. 2019 Neither of the two men moving the meters had the proper certification for the job. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Feds investigating deadly 2017 explosion at Minnehaha Academy says pipefitting crew unqualified," 3 Dec. 2019 Naguib at Marriott points out that there are multiple third-party certifications for eco-friendliness. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Do Little Hotel Toiletry Bottles Get Filled?," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of certification

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of certification was in the 15th century

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29 May 2020

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“Certification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certification. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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