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Distinguished Diploma, Certificate and Degree

In education abroad, there are many different terms for just degrees, certificates, certifications by various levels of study, and a variety of academic programs. The following is a relative classification of the most basic degrees.

1. Difference between Diploma and Certificate

Diploma and Certificate contain some basic information.

A diploma is usually awarded to certify that you have successfully completed a course offered by a particular institution, with certain requirements.

These certificates also help to certify the educational level of the recipient. Meanwhile, the Certificate includes a broader range of contents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc. In the field of education, certificates are awarded. For students who pass an exam, win a contest or sometimes to certify that they have completed a course.

When talking about degree courses and certification courses, the meaning is a bit different. Certificate programs usually last longer, usually for a few months. This may be a driving course, first aid course, web design training ... So these certifications are not necessarily related to education but may belong to other fields.

Meanwhile, a Diploma course usually lasts for years. To obtain a Diploma, you must achieve a certain score or meet certain requirements.


- Certificate can be used in different fields such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, but diploma (Diploma) is only for education.

- Diplomas are usually awarded to students who have completed high school and subsequent academic programs, while certificates can be awarded to those who have mastered any of them. Anything in life, not necessarily related to education.

- Certification courses often last longer than certification courses.


2. Differences Between Diploma and Degree 

Although it is used to prove the completion of a course, the degree and diploma still have some differences in length, nature and value in the long run.

Unlike certificates, both degrees and certificates are awarded to those who have successfully completed a course. However, there are some differences between these two terms that sometimes we can not use confusion.

A degree usually lasts 3 to 4 years depending on the country, while a diploma course lasts only 1-2 years. For degrees, a degree is usually awarded by prestigious universities and a certificate can be awarded by any institution, including private institutions.

Likewise, the focus and purpose of both programs varies. A degree is often more focused on academic or academic factors.

The structure of the degree program is designed to give learners an overview of the discipline and the applications of their career. Typically, the main content is called a specialized subject, in addition to elective subjects. For example, if you want to study Accounting, the curriculum will have more useful subjects for later accounting, such as Mathematics, Statistics, Business Culture and Commercial Law.

In addition, the certificate program focuses on training trainees and training them to become specialists in business and commerce. In addition to gaining academic knowledge, the program offers a number of workable situations to help you practice by applying knowledge to each situation. Some trainees will be able to take a course in the form of learning by doing. Going back to the above example, attending a certification course in Accounting can focus on training skills in keeping accounting books that do not include Commerce or Statistics subjects.

If the degree program has a wide range of courses spanning different levels and areas, the certification program is usually focused on a specific discipline such as Cooking, Restaurant Management, Nursing , Carpenters, Engineers ...

Most universities require applicants for graduate admissions to complete a study program that lasts 3-4 years. While those who have earned a degree can meet the above requirements, those who own the certificate may find it difficult to prove academic or correspondence qualifications.

There is a perception that certificates are often underestimated by degrees, but many companies disagree with this view. In addition to education, these companies are often interested in job performance or attitudes during recruitment. Owning a degree or certificate may not affect your entry into a career, but for "advancement" later, a degree can be a plus.


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