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So let's say I have person A certifying person B. I call person A a 'certifier' - the one who certifies. Is there a single word to describe a person B - the one who is being certified?

For simplicity the certification is a process where person A ensures person B possesses certain property.

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  • I don't know if there's one word that covers all instances, but words like trainee, student, apprentice, examinee, and candidate come to mind. – J.R. Oct 8 '15 at 22:26
  • Whatever you do, don't use "certifiable" to denote the person on the receiving end. "Certifiable" is generally construed to mean "crazy". – Hot Licks Oct 8 '15 at 22:52
  • @Hot Licks Yes, in Britain the terms certify and certified are short forms for indicating that the necessary legal processes have been completed for compulsorily detaining a psychiatric patient. e.g. Fred's been certified or steps are being taken to certify Mildred. – WS2 Oct 8 '15 at 23:46
  • @WS2, I heard in US it is used in the same way. – Zepplock Oct 9 '15 at 1:20
  • You obviously must use terms like "certified" when someone is, say, a Certified Public Accountant, but one should be careful to assure that the context is evident. Don't use "Frank Jones is certified" as stand-alone statement, with no context to indicate "certified" in what. – Hot Licks Oct 9 '15 at 1:24
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"Certificant" works, though some sources claim it isn't a "real" word.

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Candidate or applicant(not the best choice of words though)

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I think we call such persons-

ACCREDITED.

AUTHORISED

Or to use a single word noun--"LICENSEE"

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