Definition of qualification in English:



  • 1British A pass of an examination or an official completion of a course, especially one conferring status as a recognized practitioner of a profession or activity.

    ‘I left school at 15 with no qualifications’
    • ‘When the 12 weeks are up, the staff help them find accommodation, work and even organise enrolment on educational courses to gain qualifications.’
    • ‘Last year 10,000 people tried the Bite Size initiative and many of them went on to further education courses and gained qualifications.’
    • ‘It is designed to put the spotlight on an army of people who continue to better their lives and careers with courses and qualifications.’
    • ‘I have done a lot of courses and gained qualifications at the centre.’
    • ‘On completion of the course, higher level qualifications can be taken.’
    • ‘Mutual recognition of the qualifications of practitioners who have qualified in other EC countries is required.’
    • ‘The majority of social workers in the country are still waiting for official recognition of their professional status and qualifications.’
    • ‘Each performance will outline the courses, qualifications and support available when deciding on which educational route to take after GCSEs.’
    • ‘Mancat College undertook a partnership project with the Rusholme Traders Association to train staff, who received a qualification on completion of the course.’
    • ‘Some were from students who wanted to know which courses and qualifications you needed for a career in journalism.’
    • ‘Great value is placed on higher education, and those who have university degrees and professional qualifications are accorded high status.’
    • ‘These offer a variety of courses and qualifications, from computing sciences and mechanical engineering to sports coaching and holistic therapy.’
    • ‘More students are completing their courses and are gaining qualifications that they set out to achieve, the latest figures say.’
    • ‘The consequences of drugs prescribed by practitioners with bogus qualifications and only the haziest understanding of medicine can be horrific.’
    • ‘If you start in this career as a fitness or leisure assistant, there are literally dozens of courses and qualifications awaiting you.’
    • ‘All doctors with foreign qualifications have to pass examinations in South Africa before they could register, said Tshabalala-Msimang.’
    • ‘All courses lead to recognised qualifications.’
    • ‘You can be a full-time or part time student or someone attending a course whose qualifications are recognised by the UK and Irish Departments of Education.’
    • ‘Professional qualifications carried status, even if they did not always bring wealth.’
    • ‘Graduates taking part in the scheme will be able to earn a postgraduate qualification in their own subject and a teaching qualification in a two-year course.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The action or fact of becoming qualified as a recognized practitioner of a profession or activity.
      ‘her qualification as a barrister’
      • ‘The fact that it is possible for a doctor to continue to practice for decades after qualification without ever opening a book or taking any other steps to keep up to date has long seemed indefensible.’
      • ‘We wanted to investigate whether participation in a scheme in which first-year clinical medical students take on a patient for supervised psychotherapy is a factor in leading them to choose a career in psychiatry after qualification.’
      • ‘This is a highly specialised career path requiring several years of study before qualification as an actuary.’
      • ‘The trainee primary and secondary school teachers claim they were lured into the profession with false promises that their age and experience would be recognised on qualification.’
      • ‘They say nurses working in Nunavik, James Bay, Lower North Shore and remote First Nations communities need recognition of past experience when they seek qualification as a nurse practitioner.’
      certificate, diploma, degree, licence, document, warrant
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    2. 1.2 A quality or accomplishment that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity.
      ‘only one qualification required—fabulous sense of humour’
      • ‘Everyone wanted to be of use and no one knew how, as if citizenship were a skilled position for which none of us had the right experience and qualification.’
      • ‘Another qualification for academic life was Nabokov's sense of humor, as displayed for example in this interview.’
      • ‘The three C's that credit creditors look at when determining their qualification are capacity, character, and collateral.’
      • ‘This position requires no formal qualifications beyond antiquity and a willingness to amuse and provoke in equal measure.’
      • ‘Membership is open to all and the only qualification required is an interest in the welfare of your community.’
      • ‘Still, personal magnetism and motivational esprit remain important qualifications for leadership in evangelical groups.’
      • ‘These criteria are very important in evaluating the qualifications of any international federation for becoming an Olympic sport.’
      • ‘All we're trying to do is to make our best judgment about the qualifications of very important judges to be serving on circuit courts across this country.’
      • ‘The only qualifications required are an interest in the game, being part of ‘the business’ and the wish to have a good time.’
      • ‘These levels reflect the duties of the position and this includes the qualification required to undertake those duties.’
      • ‘Strangers are welcome and the only qualification is their humanity.’
      • ‘Are there any qualifications required for membership?’
      • ‘A good ear, a lithe tongue and a sound sense of humour are the only qualifications for these daily collectives which serve as a great social equaliser.’
      • ‘What are the basic qualifications and aptitude required?’
      • ‘Quite simply, the most important qualifications of all: she has been there, done that.’
      • ‘But once a year they hold a community dig, when the public can take part and for which the only qualification required is enthusiasm.’
      • ‘The Churchill Fellowship is usually worth $20,000 and is awarded purely on merit, so no formal qualifications are required.’
      • ‘There is no one of sufficient stature, no impartial media, and no intellectuals with adequate qualifications and credibility to arbitrate.’
      • ‘It's important to build your qualifications and credibility as a faculty member.’
      • ‘Each phase of nation building requires a leader with different abilities and qualifications.’
  • 2A condition that must be fulfilled before a right can be acquired; an official requirement.

    ‘the five-year residency qualification for presidential candidates’
    • ‘It seems that the onus would be on the bank to establish the qualification, although whether disclosure is in the public interest will, at the end of the day, be a matter of judicial impression rather than evidence.’
    • ‘On August 16 this year, the fly-half completed his residency qualification to play rugby for Scotland.’
    • ‘Add in a forthcoming German residency qualification, and the young man has plenty of options.’
    • ‘Financial Scholarships for those meeting the qualification requirements set by the YMCA are available.’
    • ‘The liberal reaction was to raise the property qualification so as to limit worker participation.’
    • ‘What about a law that imposed or removed a property qualification on electors?’
    • ‘The property qualification for voting was abolished and women were enfranchised in 1893.’
    • ‘When an original assured tenant dies members of his family who fulfil certain qualifications have rights of succession.’
    • ‘A duly constituted body of faculty peers should determine tenure qualifications and requirements for each type of appointment.’
    • ‘They have the same qualifications as possessory freehold titles.’
    • ‘Both were brought on board at a time when players, once they fulfilled residential qualifications, could play Tests for a second country.’
    • ‘When you are determining, at a particular time, say, today, the consequence of a statutory qualification of a right, do you attach a time limit to the statute?’
    • ‘The conditions attached and qualifications stipulated by the companies could kill you before any disease.’
  • 3mass noun The action or fact of qualifying or being eligible for something.

    ‘they need to beat Poland to ensure qualification for the World Cup finals’
    • ‘Jornal de Noticias carries an interview with Nuno Gomes, the Portugal forward whose goal against Spain ensured qualification for the host nation.’
    • ‘The Sarsfields are unbeaten to date and a victory against the Mitchels will ensure their qualification for the play-offs and they will be hoping to be at full strength for this encounter.’
    • ‘Further wins at home to Blyth tomorrow and Spennymoor next Tuesday would catapult Alty into the top 13, which is where they need to be to ensure automatic qualification for the Alliance.’
    • ‘A draw will now be enough for England in their match against Croatia to ensure qualification for the quarter finals, despite the fact that three teams in group B could still finish on four points.’
    • ‘They now have two more games to play and victories in these games will ensure automatic qualification for the knock-out stages.’
    • ‘They not only need to beat Gloucester but need to do so by four tries or more to ensure qualification to the next stage of competition.’
    • ‘If we bag today's match, we'll at least collect full points although qualification to the next round won't happen.’
    • ‘More of the same can be expected tonight as England try to snatch a goal that should ensure qualification.’
    • ‘In her heat she ran a comfortable 2.18.75 and in her semi-final she produced a 2.13.65 to ensure final qualification.’
    • ‘Manager Sir Alex Ferguson maintains his belief that attaining ten points in the group section will ensure qualification.’
    • ‘This ensures his qualification for the final in Necarne Castle in July, which will be held in conjunction with the European Championships.’
    • ‘He said Zambia needed to prepare hard for all its matches to ensure its first qualification to the World Cup finals, Germany 2006.’
    • ‘The win put the Bulls on top of section Y and left the Lions needing to win their last two games to ensure qualification to the top eight.’
    • ‘Their performance ensured automatic qualification, along with the giant ‘squad’ teams from City of Salford and City of Liverpool, for the National Finals.’
    • ‘He said he was taking the return leg seriously and ensured qualification to the next stage of the continental competition.’
    • ‘McClaren will need to ensure that qualification has been secured before this fixture as they will be looking to complete the double over premiership opposition.’
    • ‘England travel to Turkey's capital for their final Euro 2004 Qualifier needing at least a draw to ensure automatic qualification.’
    • ‘And the youngster nearly ensured Costa Rica's qualification single-handedly on 89 minutes when he rounded Recbar in the Turkish goal only to fire high and wide.’
    • ‘Graham Jarvis finished sixth and is now high enough in the rankings to ensure qualification for the 2004’
    • ‘These results ensure qualification for the quarter finals of the CFAI Cup competition which will be held following the Easter vacation.’
  • 4A statement or assertion that makes another less absolute.

    ‘this important qualification needs to be remembered when interpreting the results’
    mass noun ‘I welcome without qualification the Minister's statement’
    • ‘So simplistic a statement certainly calls for some immediate qualifications.’
    • ‘The qualification here is important: I do not have a natural right to do as I please; rather I have a right to exercise such freedom as does not limit the freedom of others.’
    • ‘Doubtless people will disagree, but I think the former is a much stronger statement without the qualification.’
    • ‘The data tend to support this view, but there are some important qualifications.’
    • ‘Subject to two qualifications, this statement of the elements of the office accords with the respondent's submission.’
    • ‘An important qualification in many of these studies is that no measures were taken of whether the person was actually asleep or instead had been wakened to some degree by the taped message.’
    • ‘But this line of reasoning is subject to important qualifications.’
    • ‘It is therefore only with important qualifications that we can speak of two ways of exploiting the land in this period, the one characteristic of the lowlands, the other of the uplands.’
    • ‘An important qualification is that the fortunate forty per cent is not a homogeneous group.’
    • ‘They saw them as a big step forward, but there was an important qualification.’
    • ‘I think I mostly agree with Chris's hypothesis, albeit with a couple of important qualifications.’
    • ‘He argues there are times when clandestine recording might be justified, but only with important qualifications.’
    • ‘We shall discuss briefly some of the important qualifications to this generalization in later chapters.’
    • ‘Its 50 pages are filled with so many assertions, half-truths and qualifications as to render it worthless.’
    • ‘A number of important qualifications need to be added to this account.’
    • ‘But, and this is the important qualification, I don't think that rally would last very long.’
    • ‘He believes it is, though with some important qualifications.’
    • ‘We can follow these themes into the law of intellectual property, but with important qualifications.’
    • ‘The only qualification to this statement is in reference to rooting of the ingroup relative to outgroup taxa.’
    • ‘There were important qualifications, however.’
    modification, limitation, restriction, reservation, stipulation, allowance, adaptation, alteration, adjustment, amendment, revision, refinement, moderation, tempering, softening, lessening, reduction, mitigation
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  • 5Grammar
    mass noun The attribution of a quality to a word, especially a noun.

    • ‘The first element in the phrase is an adverb, an adverbial qualification or an object (direct or indirect).’
    • ‘I now believe that de la Grasserie's semantic characterization is more accurate in this respect: a nominal construct with a personal possessive pronoun brings into the picture a further qualification of the noun phrase than does the noun phrase with just a definite article.’
    • ‘In English, the definite article, the demonstrative and the qualification adjective are neutral as to gender variation.’


Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin qualificatio(n-), from the verb qualificare (see qualify).