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What Exactly is a Certification?

Understanding the following terms correctly can help you make wise decisions about your professional credentials:

Training is vocational schooling, with or without testing.  When a student completes a training course, he/she earns a training certificate or diploma.  The student owns the training certificate and can add it to his/her curriculum vitae.  As an indpendent certifying body, ACAC does not provide training programs.

Certifications are credentials of industry knowledge granted to individuals by a certification body for a limited time. When an individual demonstrates knowledge, he/she earns a certification designation.  The individual does not own the designation - it is owned by the certifying body.  Certificants must meet certain requirements in order to recertify.   

Accreditation is third-party recognition of a certification program that adheres to specific guidelines and/or standards. Organizations must meet renewal requirements in order to remain accredited. Accreditation is owned by the accredited program. Certification programs accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) must require verifiable field experience. Most ACAC certifications are CESB-accredited.

Licenses are state-issued credentials that allow individuals to practice in state-regulated professions.  Read the CESB position paper on engineering credentials to learn more about the relationship between licensing and certification.

Click a link at left to find out more about ACAC's certification programs.

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The CIEC and CMC programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
18 ACAC programs are accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
ACAC examinations are compliant with standards published by APA, AERA and NCME.
ACAC is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.