I would like to create a sentence, in which I express, that I have (successfully) gotten a few certifications, but I feel like this sounds too informal for a letter of application.

Has anyone got a better idea or is this way of saying it already appropriate?


  • It depends on what they are formally referred to as -- there are "Certifications" as such, and there are others.
    – Kris
    Nov 21, 2014 at 13:24

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You've 'qualified' in something.

2.1 [WITH OBJECT] Officially recognize or establish (someone) as a practitioner of a particular profession or activity:

You are now 'certified' in that thing.

1.1 chiefly British Officially recognize as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards:

You might even be 'accredited' (or licensed or authorised) to do it.

  1. (Of an official body) give authority or sanction to (someone or something) when recognized standards have been met:

  2. Give official authorization for (someone, typically a diplomat or journalist) to be in a particular place or to hold a particular post:

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    So i would say "I became a certified ..." or "I have qualified as a ..."? Could i form a sentence like "Through becoming a a certified [something], I have [gotten some abilites]"?
    – blinci
    Nov 21, 2014 at 13:38
  • Yes, absolutely. Sounds good.
    – A E
    Nov 21, 2014 at 13:39

I would say acquire a certification

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