What is the difference between accreditation and certification? Resolved
Accreditation is a quality-centric approach which provides formal assurance by an independent third party of the conformity of a product, process and service to specific requirements. APMG assesses the knowledge of trainers and the QMS of a training organisation against an agreed standard.
Certification relates to an audit to confirm whether an organisation, a product or an individual meet the criteria laid out in a recognised standard or scheme. Effectively, it is a third party confirmation via an audit that all as it should be.
Certification and Accreditation isn’t a one-off activity. It is a continuous process.