Certification is the formal attestation or confirmation of certain characteristics of an object, person, or organization. This confirmation is often, but not always, provided by some form of external review, education, assessment, or audit.  Accreditation is a specific organization’s process of certification. According to the U.S. National Council on Measurement in Education, a certification test is a credentialing test used to determine whether individuals are knowledgeable enough in a given occupational area to be labeled “competent to practice” in that area.

One of the most common types of certification in modern society is professional certification, where an individual is certified as being able to competently complete a job or task, usually by the passing of an examination and/or the completion of a program of study. Some professional certifications also require that one obtain work experience in a related field before the certification can be awarded. Some professional certifications are valid for a lifetime upon completing all certification requirements. Others expire after a certain time and have to be maintained with further education or retake an examination.

Professional certifications in computer technology are non-degree awards made to those who have achieved qualifications specified by a certifying authority. Depending on the particular certification, qualifications may include completing a course of study, proof of professional accomplishments, achieving a specified grade on an examination. The intention is to establish that an individual holding a certification is technically qualified to hold certain types of position within the field.

The Digital Certification Catalogue 2020 represent the most common certifications offered by The Global Academy of Finance and Management (GAFM),  and The American Academy of Project Management (AAPM).  After downloading this catalogue, you may click on the book cover image that will instantly take you to the GAFM web page for details of the certification. 

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