Certification vs. Certificate
People often ask, "What is the difference between certification and a certificate?" To assist you in communicating with your colleagues and clients and to help avoid confusion in the marketplace, we have provided you the comparison below.
By setting and enforcing standards for certification, the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) seeks to protect the public and consumers through their mission to provide assurance to the public that the nurse holding the credential from an accredited certification program possesses the knowledge, skills and competency for quality practice in the specialty. In compliance with ABSNC standards and requirements, the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB) certifies legal nurse consultant professionals through the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) program. Unlike many certificate programs being offered by colleges and private educational providers, the LNCC program is practice-based. It is not intended to teach individuals how to become legal nurse consultants. Rather, it is designed to measure an individual's "knowledge-in-use" - the application of knowledge and skills by those with real-life experience in this role.
Certification generally refers to an earned credential that demonstrates the holder's specialized knowledge, skills, and experience.
Certification differs from a certificate program, which is usually an educational offering that confers a document at the program's conclusion.
Accreditation of a certification involves a voluntary, self-regulatory process. Accreditation is granted when stated quality criteria are met.
LNCC is the only legal nurse consulting credential recognized by AALNC and accredited by ABSNC.
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