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What Differentiates a Certification?

The best choice for you will depend on your personal career goals and objectives, the needs of your employer, and, in some professions, industry requirements.

  • Degrees are designed to develop an individual intellectually and cover the general knowledge required for a particular field. Consider choosing this if your goal is to achieve a broad education.
  • Certificates are designed to provide education and training to aid in knowledge and skill development in a specific area. In the case of assessment-based certificates, a test is included to confirm learning. Consider choosing this if your goal is to acquire new or enhance existing knowledge and skills.
  • Certifications are designed to evaluate knowledge, skills, or competencies that an individual is expected to have already mastered. Consider choosing this if your goal is to verify or validate your knowledge and skills. The best choice for you will depend on your personal career goals and objectives, the needs of your employer, and, in some professions, industry requirements.

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