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What is Certs

Credentialing is the term commonly used to describe programs that recognize individuals, programs, or organizations that have demonstrated meeting established requirements. In associations, the most common credentialing programs are licensure, certificate programs, and certification.

 

The IAAP CAP is an assessment-based professional certification. By satisfying the requirements and passing the exam, individuals demonstrate an established level of knowledge in the administrative professional field. Here are some common characteristics of a license, certificate program, and certification.

 

 


Licensure


Certificate Program


Certification

Mandatory program - individual must be licensed to work in occupation

Voluntary program

Voluntary program

Sponsored by governmental agency -
granted at the state level (U.S.) or provincial/territorial level (Canada)

Sponsored by any business entity
other than governmental agency

Sponsored by any business entity other than governmental agency

Has eligibility requirements, such as experience

Experience not required

Has eligibility requirements, such as experience

 

Results from an educational process

Results from an assessment process

Specific coursework is not a requirement by the program sponsor as a component of the program

Requires specific coursework from the program sponsor as a component of the program

Specific coursework is not a requirement by the program sponsor as a component of the program

 

Program includes instruction/training with intended learning outcomes

Knowledge, skills, and/or competencies received elsewhere

 

Assess achievement of intended learning outcomes that is narrower in scope

Competency is measured against a set of standards that is broader in scope

 

Awards a certificate to recognize achievement of learning outcomes

Awards a designation or acronym to recognize achievement

Has ongoing requirements

Is the end result. Demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time

Has ongoing requirements. Recertification or retesting is required to maintain designation

 

Note: A certificate of attendance is a document awarded to validate participation or completion of something, such as an educational program. The difference between an educational program and a certificate program is that a certificate program has predefined learning outcomes and an assessment that determines achievement of those outcomes.

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