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Certification of competencies refers to the formal recognition of the proved competency (thus, assessed) of an individual in order for him to carry out a standardised labour activity.
The issue of a certificate implies that there has been a prior process of competency assessment. In a standardised system, the certificate is not a diploma that certifies prior studies. It is rather a proof of a verified competency, and it is obviously based on a well-defined standard. This offers much more transparency to standardised certification systems since it allows workers to know what is expected from them, employers to be aware of the competencies that are being required by their enterprise and training entities to be aided in their curriculum design process. The certificate is a guarantee of quality concerning what the worker is capable of doing and the competencies he has to do so.