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Accreditation

[ə-kred-ə-TEY-shən]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: English, 19th century

1.

The action or process of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity.

2.

Official certification that a school or course has met standards set by external regulators.

Examples of Accreditation in a sentence

"Even the oldest colleges in the U.S. have their accreditation reviewed every few years."

"John received his accreditation shortly after graduation and immediately found a job."

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About Accreditation

“Accreditation” was based on the English word “accredit,” meaning “to give [someone or something] credit” or “to confirm as credible.” That word is based on the French “accréditer,” which is derived from the Latin “accreditare,” meaning “to entrust.”

Did you Know?

Historically, “accreditation” was the business of renowned organizations confirming that people or organizations rose to their standards, but it’s no longer just professional societies offering accreditation. Today, a person in nearly any field can seek out and gain an accreditation relevant to their interests. For example, computer science experts can receive expensive accreditations confirming expertise in particular technologies and systems. There are also cheaper courses and exams available online for those who want to receive accreditation as a beer judge (less than $50), a baby shower planner (roughly $150), or a Pokémon “Professor” ($500 or less).

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