Meaning of credential in English:


Pronunciation /krɪˈdɛnʃ(ə)l/

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usually credentials
  • 1A qualification, achievement, quality, or aspect of a person's background, especially when used to indicate their suitability for something.

    ‘recruitment is based mainly on academic credentials’
    • ‘He had stellar academic credentials, a tremendous background, had succeeded at everything he had done.’
    • ‘I dare say the last thing you want to be doing here is comparing credentials and educational achievements.’
    • ‘To this end, when writing up the results of their ethnographic work, authors play up their academic credentials and qualifications, their previous experience, and so on.’
    • ‘It also has authorized more money for background checks so job applicants' academic credentials can be more thoroughly investigated.’
    • ‘Have you heard about their background or their credentials?’
    • ‘The contributors are also of varied credentials and backgrounds.’
    • ‘Dishonest managers commonly embellish their résumés by hyping their investment experience or academic credentials.’
    • ‘Some notions of quality may be captured based on the teachers' training credentials and teaching experience.’
    • ‘With your credentials, your background and your contributions to photography, readers should have given you a little more credit than they did.’
    • ‘I have the right credentials and qualities to turn it around but unfortunately it's not going to happen’
    • ‘Then, give careful consideration to how your credentials and background stack up in the overall pool of people who hold that position.’
    • ‘Do we want academic credentials to matter in blogs?’
    • ‘Those with academic records below the class average earned much less than those with better academic credentials.’
    • ‘His strident tone and lack of reasoned argument makes me curious about his academic credentials.’
    • ‘His academic credentials are impressive and include a doctorate in economics and teaching stints at several universities.’
    • ‘Most job applications begin with a written overview of past work experience and credentials.’
    • ‘They are less concerned with academic credentials and affiliation, and more excited about my international approach to women's history.’
    • ‘I had the academic credentials to pursue other paths.’
    • ‘They suspected that I, like many researchers previously, would utilize my study to obtain academic credentials and then abandon my work in the Arctic.’
    • ‘He began filling out a second document, entitled Personal Data Sheet, in which he was asked to spell out his academic credentials.’
    experience, record, history, past, training, education, grounding, knowledge
    1. 1.1A document proving a person's identity or qualifications.
      ‘examine carefully the credentials of all callers before admitting them’
      • ‘The United States government is moving towards issuing single smart card identity credentials for all federal employees.’
      • ‘Checking out his credentials proved to be a difficult task.’
      • ‘Trusts which are anxious to show their governance credentials will identify innovators as low risk targets for attention.’
      • ‘Quotas must not apply, and applications for visas, press credentials and other documentation requisite for their work should be approved promptly.’
      • ‘Service Police, more than ever, need credentials to be easily identifiable to our own personnel, coalition forces and civilians.’
      • ‘Obviously, no one was reading carefully or checking credentials there.’
      • ‘Experts say other tablets of its kind have been unearthed in many other ancient tombs and just like today's title deeds, they are credentials of land purchase and ownership.’
      • ‘Many of these had no credentials to indicate that they represented anybody but themselves.’
      • ‘While he's speaking, an RCMP officer in a black suit checks my press credentials menacingly.’
      • ‘Authentication credentials can then be maintained centrally and referenced by a whole host of platforms and applications.’
      documents, papers, identity papers, identification papers, bona fides
    2. 1.2A letter of introduction given by a government to an ambassador before a new posting.
      ‘the Russian ambassador presented his credentials on September 30’
      • ‘It's only a month since I presented my credentials as Ambassador to President Purvanov.’
      • ‘Generally, these protections are given to persons holding letters of credentials from Foreign Ministers or other high-level authorisation.’
      • ‘The King had reintroduced the ceremonial horse and carriage and tails requirement for Ambassadors presenting their credentials.’
      • ‘Presenting her credentials to the president, the ambassador said she was the first American woman ambassador to South Africa.’
      • ‘Meanwhile ambassadors of five countries presented their credentials to the Bulgarian President.’
      • ‘This transpired as the incoming German ambassador presented his credentials to the president in Pretoria.’
      • ‘Today the new Ambassador to London presented his credentials to the Queen.’
      • ‘He presented his credentials to the President in the Oval Office on the morning of June 10.’


[with object]mainly North American
  • Provide with credentials.

    ‘his campaign has refused to credential any reporter from that outlet’
    • ‘They were also credentialed within the hospital by the medical staff credentialing committee of the institution.’
    • ‘In addition, I'll be writing something addressing emails I've received concerning the RNC credentialing system.’
    • ‘Hospital credentialing committees are always vulnerable to charges of political and economic conflict, and state boards are, shall we say, under-funded, under-staffed and under-competent.’
    • ‘Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by those who request records-whether they be attorneys, insurance companies, licensing authorities or hospital credentialing committees.’
    • ‘The method of credentialing health care professionals employed by physicians or independent practitioners is handled through the individual facility's credentialing committee.’
    • ‘Individual competency is ensured through initial and continuing education, licensure and credentialing activities, and periodic performance evaluations.’
    • ‘In addition, if a staff member is knowledgeable about laser science and safety, he or she can conduct the yearly educational training and credentialing sessions.’
    • ‘Nurses also should be knowledgeable about their facility's policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to credentialing personnel.’
    • ‘Hospital credentialing committee members will verify biographic and education information with primary sources.’
    • ‘Current policies and procedures for credentialing family physicians in colonoscopy vary markedly from site to site.’
    • ‘Updates from credentialing agencies help to alleviate these fears.’
    • ‘Ensure through specialty certification boards that credentialing programs are of the highest quality and consistent with industry standards.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, credentialing requirements and subject matter for board examinations drive medical education and training.’
    • ‘It covers questions included in the initial interview that is given to all students entering the teacher credentialing program.’
    • ‘The program had no credentialed counselors, no chemical dependency services, failed to inform clients of their rights, and was found to be illegally handling medications.’
    • ‘More bloggers have been credentialed for the RNC.’
    • ‘I call on everybody fair and square and even, because if you're in that room and you're credentialed to be in that room, you have a right to have your question answered.’
    • ‘Like journalists, political strategists aren't credentialed.’
    • ‘Minority children, credentialed educators warn, will be so frustrated as to turn away from learning forever.’
    • ‘Granted, there are a few credentialed scientists who still claim climate change to be inconsequential.’


Late Middle English from medieval Latin credentialis, from credentia (see credence). The original use was as an adjective in the sense ‘giving credence to, recommending’, frequently in credential letters or papers, hence credentials (mid 17th century).