The University of Alabama at Birmingham
POLICY ON THE AWARDING OF CERTIFICATES
October 28, 1986
The demand for continuing education, alternative specializations, certification, and other forms of professional enhancement and recognition has increased over the past few years, as has the need to formally recognize the successful completion of such activities through the awarding of certificates. However, these activities are many and varied, and there have been no specific institutional requirements for the development and presentation of certificates.
The purpose of a certificate program is to extend and expand the participant’s level of competence in a particular area of study. As used here, a “certificate” is a device for formally recognizing that an individual has completed a specific course of study which in and of itself does not result in the awarding of a degree.
It is the policy of the University that the criteria and guidelines presented below shall be followed in the awarding of institutional certificates. There will be two general categories of certificates (referred to here as Category A and Category B) which are differentiated according to criteria, steps for approval, and institutional recognition. For a certificate to be classified in Category A, it must meet all Category A criteria.
I. Criteria for Determining the Appropriate Certificate Category
II. Steps for Obtaining Institutional Approval
III. Levels of Institutional Recognition