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Type of Program

The Certificate of Training in Childhood & Adolescent Weight Management program is a training program, not a certification program.  Upon completion of the program, a participant is not awarded a designation or credential. Please note individuals who complete the certificate of training are not certified. The term certification should only be used when referencing the completion of a certification examination such as the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Definitions of a certificate program and a certification program are:

Certificate Program:
A certificate program is an intensive training program with a component that assesses the participant. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate attesting to the attainment of a new knowledge/skill set (e.g., Academy/CDR Certificate Program in Childhood & Adolescent Weight Management). Unlike a certification program, participants do not receive a professional designation. Individuals completing a Certificate program receive CPEUs for training and assessment time regardless of whether they pass the post-course assessment and receive the certificate.

Certification Program:
A process, often voluntary, by which individuals who have demonstrated the level of knowledge and skill required in the profession, occupation, role, or skill are identified to the public and other stakeholders.

What is a certification versus a certificate program? Click here for the Definition of Terms.