What is the difference between certification registration licensure?

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March 31, 2012 9:30PM

Licensure, generally issued at the state level, is a mandatory credentialing process that allows an individual to legally perform certain skills. As dictated by law, there is usually a requirement to pass certain tests and exhibit the ability to perform certain skills.

Certification is a voluntary credentialing process usually offered by a private professional organization, such as a school, college, or other accreditation body. Certification indicates that the allied [health] professional has met the standards set by the certification entity.

Registration indicates that a person whose name is listed on an official record or register has met certain requirements in their particular profession. The registry list of names can then be accessed by [healthcare providers] to determine if a potential employee has met certain requirements.