How Do Credentials Differ?

There is a great deal of confusion in the marketplace about the various types of credentials, how they differ, and the appropriate use for each. This graphic depicts the elements of certificates, certifications, degrees, and licenses. Select a credential below to see more details, or view this link to see a comparison of all four credentials.

Awarded by
Awarded for
Indicates
Time to complete
Time and renewal requirements
Revocation process
Examples
Standards for accreditation

Select a credential above to see more details, or view the link below
to see a comparison of all four credentials.

 
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