A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates as it gives them better chances in their various professional fields of interest. Certificates may also be offered in similar programs leading to degrees. For instance, there are certificates in business administration, media and journalism, communication studies, Information technology etc


Diplomas are similar to certificates, and they’re often awarded through community or technical schools. For instance, a diploma of business administration is offered as an alternative to an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. This diploma program qualifies the student to progress to the second year of relevant degree programs at different universities.

Advanced Diploma

An advanced diploma is equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND). Earning an advanced diploma also opens up more potential doors to a student than a certificate or the diploma. Many careers require that the applicant has earned at least an advanced diploma certificate to be selected

Graduate Diploma

This qualification is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. It qualifies you for a master’s degree program in different universities. A graduate diploma also serves as a spring board to help the student pursue his career up to the doctorate level and beyond