To facilitate work within the WG, we need to define few concepts. This page is a working wiki page where we will collect terms related to our work and agree on their definition. 

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Accreditation – the formal recognition by an independent body, generally known as an accreditation body that a certification body operates according to applicable standards.

(Source: https://www.iso.org/certification.html)

Accreditation bodies - In order for certification bodies to able to perform the certification audits and issue the certificates, they need to get a license – and this license is called accreditation. So, certification bodies are getting accredited by accreditation bodies, while companies are getting certified. (ISO 17011 - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies) 

(Source: https://advisera.com/27001academy/blog/2016/02/29/accreditation-vs-certification-vs-registration-in-the-iso-world/)

Certification – the provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.

(Source: https://advisera.com/27001academy/blog/2016/02/29/accreditation-vs-certification-vs-registration-in-the-iso-world/)

Certification body – organization that performs the certification audits and issue the certificates. (ISO 17021 Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems)

(Source: https://advisera.com/27001academy/blog/2016/02/29/accreditation-vs-certification-vs-registration-in-the-iso-world/)

Training organization -

Qualification

Qualification refers to passing an examination or assessment, especially one conferring status as a recognized practitioner of a profession or activity. So when an individual passes an examination following a course provided by an approved training organization – they can demonstrate their knowledge of the subject matter contained within the course material of that qualification.

(Source: http://blog.apmg-international.com/index.php/2014/09/29/the-difference-between-accreditation-certification-and-qualification/)