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Licensing vs. Certification
What is the difference between having a license and being certified?
Licenses are mandated through regulatory or government agencies and define the title and scope of practice. Doctors, nurses, attorneys, and public accountants are examples of occupations that require a license to practice.
A certification is the recognition of an individual who has demonstrated through a standardized assessment that they meet defined qualifications within a profession. Certifications are typically offered in industries in which it's important to uphold certain standards. 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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