Certification vs. Training Certificate

Don’t Confuse Certification With a Training Certificate

Value of AICPT certification

Certification is one of the most valued benefits of AICPT membership. A professional certification offers tangible benefits to both the individual and the employer.

Individual Organisation
To the individual professional, it provides:
  • A process that encourages the learning of new skills and a mechanism for demonstrated proficiency upgrades (recertification)
  • Demonstrated professional and personal accomplishment
  • Investment in career.
To the organisation, it provides:
  • Demonstration of employee proficiency via validation of skills by a third party organisation
  • Investment in future quality operations
  • Sharing of new knowledge in the workplace
  • Objective indicator of organisational excellence.

Don’t Confuse Certification With Certificates of Training

An authentic professional certification is formal recognition by a respected, recognized and established professional organisation that an individual has demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specified body of knowledge.

An AICPT’s Certified Practising Trainer (CPT) certification, like most authentic professional certifications, requires that individuals demonstrate these competencies by passing the Certified Trainer Professional Practice Certificate or having a track record of expertise and relevant qualification as a training practitioner. AICPT does not require you to take the AICPT training- or any particular courses-as a condition of awarding such certifications.

There has been a great deal of confusion as to the true meaning of certification, especially recently, as individuals and companies strive to achieve and validate competencies in a competitive job market. Numerous training companies, educational institutions and even individual training consultants are competing to sell training courses that purportedly include ‘certification.’

In many cases, these are not certifications based on a non-commercial standard body of knowledge as developed by objective third-party entities, but rather paper certificates awarded for participating in specific training.

While there is nothing wrong with providing evidence of a course completion (whether through a document and/or accredited continuing education qualification or units), this should not be confused with the rigor and achievement of a professional certification.


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Comparing Certification with Training Certificate

AICPT Certification (Training) Certificate
Basis for award •    Requires passing a professional practising certification  assessment reflecting professional consensus and experience
•    Experience and/or educational prerequisites
•    Professional Practising Certification assessment is proctored to evaluate competency of a training practitioner
•    Not awarded for completing any specific course.
•    Attending a particular training session and/or completing a course or specified course.
Awarded by •    An independent professional association not affiliated with any commercial entity. •    An educational institution or commercial entity.
What it recognizes? •    Subject mastery of an objective and consistent body of knowledge based on expert consensus and objective and research-based job analysis. •    Completion of a course or several courses offered at a particular point in time.
Source of the body of knowledge/skills sets referenced •    Professional organisation members who are recognised subject matter experts and practitioners in the field of Certified Practising Trainer (CPT) certification. •    The course content is developed and offered by the particular training provider as of the time it is offered to, and attended by, the student.
Standards for granting the award •    Technically rigorous assessment evaluation and grading structure to which a systematically developed knowledge content is applied
•    Use of professional testing experts and content subject matter experts
•    Certification assessment administered under scheduled and prescribed conditions to ensure integrity.
•    Course content as demonstrated by the student’s participation and/or specific training provider’s knowledge assessment method.
Professional credentialing •    AICPT’s CPT trademarked certifications can be listed after one’s name and used on business cards
•    Demonstrates a training practitioner competence to employers.
•    N/A, but the course attended/completed can be referenced as an educational qualification on employment applications
•    Employers’ recognition of the completed training mostly based on familiarity with the training provider.
Duration of the credential •    Like most professional certifications, AICPT’s Certified Practising Trainer (CPT) certifications must be renewed by demonstrating continued competency to reflect the knowledge updates that take place every year
•    Generally no expiration date is applicable because the certificate verifies the completion of a specific course of instruction on a certain date.