Certificate refers to a series of online courses designed to give you knowledge in specific product areas. You receive a certificate for a course that does not have ongoing maintenance or renewal requirements.
Certification involves an experience and education component, and requires passing an exam. It allows a practitioner to put letters after his or her name (i.e. CPP, CPA). In addition, certification requires recertification, which ensures that practitioners stay current in their field through continuing education. A certification program typically indicates attendance or completion of a course or series of courses with a specific focus.
Contact your Army Education Counselor if you have further questions about pursuing a certificate or certification eligibility.
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