What is the difference between a certificate and a credential?

Industry-Recognized Certificates

Certification is a formal process that recognizes an individual’s qualifications in a particular subject, typically earned by successfully completing a course or sequence of courses. Certificates verify that a professional has achieved a baseline level of competence in a complicated subject area, and assures employers that an individual is equipped with the educational background relevant to handling the responsibilities of his or her job.

Certificates from Biotility must be renewed every 1-5 years, depending on the certificate (see specific certificate pages for details).

Industry-Recognized Credentials

A credential is a higher level of proof, supporting and validating an individual’s qualifications for specified positions. A credential is awarded following an advanced level examination, which follows rigorous exam development protocols and is psychometrically validated. Possessing a credential not only helps one to prove competency and capability in a given field, but also demonstrates to one’s community and employers that the individual is competent, properly trained and equipped to carry out his or her duties. To sit for a credentialing exam, an individual must possess certain requirements — a set level of education, experience or a combination of both. With credentialed staff members, employers are assured of having a workforce of employees that are capable of handling whatever challenges their job responsibilities present.

Credentials from Biotility must be renewed every five (5) years.