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A graduate certificate is an educational credential
representing completion of specialized training at the college or university level. A graduate certificate can be awarded by universities
upon completion of certain coursework indicating mastering of a specific subject area. Graduate certificates represent training at
different levels in different countries and can be at bachelor’s degree or master’s degree
level.==UK==
A graduate certificate (GradCert, GCert, GradC) is a higher education qualification at the
same level as a bachelor’s degree but more limited in scope, taking less time to complete
– normally between one third and two thirds of an academic year (or full-time equivalent). A longer period of work (but still less than
required for a degree) would lead to a graduate diploma.The graduate certificate is positioned
at Level 6 (bachelor’s degree level) of The framework for higher education qualifications
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and at Level 9 or 10 (bachelor’s degree at ordinary
or honours level) of The framework for qualifications of higher education institutions in Scotland. In reference to the European Qualifications
Framework, it is a ‘first-cycle’ qualification at the same level of knowledge and challenge
as a first or bachelor’s degree but without the same depth and breadth of study. Successful students will typically demonstrate
some, but not all, of the kinds of skills, knowledge and capabilities that would be expected
for a Bachelor’s candidate. Hence this certificate is not considered to
be an ‘end-of-cycle’ qualification (it demonstrates only some of the ‘first-cycle’ learning outcomes).Graduate
certificates are available in a limited range of subjects that are typically work-related,
for example psychology, management, counselling or law. Graduate certificates are normally taken by
those who have already graduated with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline (hence the name). This qualification should not be confused
with postgraduate certificates or postgraduate diplomas, which are master’s degree-level
qualification, or with certificates of Higher Education, which are lower-level qualifications
normally taken by those without previous HE qualification.==Ireland==
A Graduate Certificate (GradCert) is a master’s-level qualification indicating the successful completion
of a postgraduate programme of education. The minimum entrance requirement is an undergraduate
degree. On the National Framework for Qualifications
the qualification is at Level 9 or Level 7 on the European Qualifications Framework.==Singapore==
In support of the SkillsFuture movement, the autonomous university in Singapore has launched
a graduate certificate programme (GradCert). This is a higher education qualification at
an equivalent level to a bachelor’s degree but more limited in scope, taking less time
to complete.The graduate certificates is designed with working professionals in mind, helping
these learners acquire knowledge and skills essential for their workplace.SMU Academy
the professional training arm of Singapore Management University has launched “Bite Sized
Credit Bearing” modules that can be combined towards earning a graduate certificate and
subsequently a master’s degree.The National University of Singapore, Institute of Systems
Science appointed for National Continuing Education & Training (CET) Institute (NCI)
for the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and
the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) also launches its Stackable
Certificate Programmes that provide alternative pathway for continuing education. The series consist of certificates that can
be stacked towards earning a graduate certificate and subsequently the graduate diploma or a
master’s degree.==Canada==
In Canada, a graduate certificate is a university credential usually offered to students who
have completed an average of 15 credits of graduate course work. Admission requirements vary tremendously among
Canadian universities, but in general both graduate students, as well as undergraduate
students having completed a Bachelor’s degree, can apply to such a program. In some cases, the graduate certificate can
represent part of the coursework required for obtaining a Master’s degree.==United States==
In the United States, a graduate certificate can be awarded by universities upon completion
of certain coursework indicating mastering of a specific subject area. Graduate certificates represent training at
the Master’s degree or doctoral level, generally consisting of 12 to 18 semester units of coursework. An accredited bachelor’s degree in a related
field is a standard prerequisite for entry into a graduate certificate program. In some cases, the graduate certificate can
represent part of the coursework required for obtaining a Master’s degree or Doctorate. In teaching, holding a graduate certificate
may satisfy program specific education requirements not met with some interdisciplinary degrees.==Australia==
In Australia, a Graduate Certificate is a Level 8 qualification alongside the Bachelor
(Honours) degree. Entry to a Graduate Certificate typically
requires completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher. In some cases, admission may be on the basis
of significant work experience. Graduate Certificates typically take six months
of full-time study to complete. These courses are usually delivered by universities
and private providers.==See also==
Academic certificate Australian Qualifications Framework
Certificate of Advanced Study, a post-masters certification credential. Graduate diploma

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