Definition of accreditation in US English:



  • 1The action or process of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity.

    ‘the accreditation of professionals’
    as modifier ‘a simple accreditation process’
    • ‘While they may refuse him accreditation to operate at their cricket grounds, nothing's stopping him from working as a presenter in a television studio.’
    • ‘The network is disappointed with the decision to suspend accreditation to our journalists.’
    • ‘These consultants smile regretfully and tell me that better qualified juniors have the post-grad accreditation, the MBA, the specific certificate or diploma.’
    • ‘Individuals who meet application requirements will be eligible to sit for the accreditation exam.’
    • ‘Application for accreditation should be made on the attached media accreditation forms.’
    • ‘"If he had called, we would have given him accreditation," she said.’
    • ‘They provide a source of professional identification and advanced accreditation in a work world in which stable employment with a firm is the exception.’
    • ‘The foundation has helped nearly a dozen earn accreditation since 1995, with money, mentoring, and plain old encouragement.’
    • ‘Working without accreditation, the two older students were the key to making this class dynamic.’
    • ‘My accreditation for the Olympics has come through.’
    1. 1.1 Official certification that a school or course has met standards set by external regulators.
      ‘the first fully online university to receive national accreditation’
      ‘the accreditation of professional training programs in Canada’
      • ‘This process resulted in a five-year plan, which, in turn, helped the organization achieve accreditation in 2002.’
      • ‘The proficiency testing algorithm is used to detect deviations from acceptable performance that may affect the accreditation of a laboratory.’
      • ‘Snowboarding now has full Olympic accreditation and is the fastest growing winter sport in the world.’
      • ‘The program still needs accreditation from the Professional Golfers Association, which is scheduled to visit in December.’
      • ‘If the trust fails to undertake this, then it will lose accreditation for training junior doctors in obstetrics and gynecology.’
      • ‘We develop objectives consistent with community benefits principles and reinforce these efforts through program accreditation.’
      • ‘It has achieved the highest honor for a museum—accreditation by the American Association of Museums.’
      • ‘The accreditation of the university, in March 1999, was a shot heard round the world.’
      • ‘It became the first black business program to gain accreditation from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.’
      • ‘His interest has extended well beyond laboratory accreditation.’
  • 2An acknowledgment of a person's responsibility for or achievement of something.

    ‘both parties create authorship, and to make this clear I have always used joint accreditations’
    • ‘The second idea was developing a shared accreditation to recognize young people's community contributions.’