n. ~ 1. A process to assess some quality, based on some standard or expectation. – 2. An attestation that a standard or expectation is met.
- Wikipedia (†387 s.v. "certification"): Certification refers to the confirmation of certain characteristics of an object, person, or organization. This confirmation is often, but not always, provided by some form of external review, education, assessment, or audit. Accreditation is a specific organization's process of certification.