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What is the difference between having a license and being certified?

Doctors, nurses, attorneys, and public accountants are examples of occupations that require a license to practice. Licenses are mandated through regulatory or government agencies and define the title and scope of practice. Having a certification is typically offered by an industry to uphold certain standards. A certification is the recognition of an individual who has demonstrated through a standardized assessment that they meet defined qualifications within a profession. Within the Allied Health industry, these are basic support service jobs that are overseen and supervised by a healthcare professional such as a licensed nurse, a doctor and a licensed pharmacist. Certifications are generally voluntary but, in some instances, are considered part of a licensing process.

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