Certifiers perform certifications, but whom do they certify? I'm not able to find the related form in a few different dictionaries:

The word I would choose is 'certee', but that is not recognized as a word in said dictionaries. For example, "The certee proudly displayed her certificate in a prominent location."

  • It's a bit of a "nonce word" (certainly not in the full OED), but here's this from Dominion Law Reports (1912) - The certificate there had issued, as stated above, subject to two encumbrances put on by the certificatee herself. IMHO, "certee" is a non-starter. – FumbleFingers Apr 4 '19 at 16:27
  • Thank you @FumbleFingers; prompted by your suggestion, I've found several usages of 'certificatee' throughout the last century. If you would like to convert your comment into an answer, I'll be happy to accept it as the correct answer. – chaserb Apr 4 '19 at 16:51
  • I'm afraid I closevoted (as Primarily Opinion-Based), so I don't think I'll do that. The bottom line is that so far as I'm concerned there is no single-word term for the meaning you seek. But English is nothing if not flexible, so I coined the nonce word myself, and double-checked the full OED to confirm that they don't list it (as expected). Then I searched for it in Google Books (and found some instances - again, as expected). There might be other terms with broadly overlapping meaning, but I can only see one credible "nonce derivative" based on the root word certify. – FumbleFingers Apr 4 '19 at 17:02
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    Fair enough; thanks for your input nonetheless. – chaserb Apr 4 '19 at 17:10
  • Certifier certifies a Claimant? – Ubi hatt Apr 4 '19 at 17:17

My suggestion is:

  • the certified party

Once the person or entity has requested or applied for some certification, they may hold a certificate or may have been conferred some certification or attestation.

I think "certified party" is wide enough to cover any such meanings.


A recipient is the one who receives the certification from the certifier.

The recipient proudly displayed her certificate in a prominent location.


recipient NOUN
A person or thing that receives or is awarded something.

‘the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize’


a holder TFD

a person, such as an owner, who has possession or control of something

As in:

the holder of a certificate

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