One of the most common types of certification is professional certification, where a person is certified as being able to competently complete a job or task, usually by the passing of an examination.
There are two general types of professional certification: some are valid for a lifetime, once the exam is passed. Others have to be re-certified again after a certain period of time.
Certification does not refer to the state of legally being able to practice or work in a profession. That is licensure. Usually, licensure is administered by a governmental entity for public protection purposes and a professional association administers certification. Licensure and certification are similar in that they both require the demonstration of a certain level of knowledge or ability.
The Department of Certification and Licensure offers courses that lead to certification, licensure, or license renewal for the following occupations:
Courses leading to Certification or Licensing:
License/Certificate Renewal for:
Many certification programs are created, sponsored, or affiliated with professional associations, trade organizations, or private vendors interested in raising workplace standards. The growth of certification programs is also a reaction to the changing employment market. Certifications are portable, since they do not depend on one company's definition of a certain job. Certification is an endorsement of an individual's professional knowledge and experience.