qualificationqual‧i‧fi‧ca‧tion /ˌkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən $ ˌkwɑː-/ ●●○W3 noun1SEBE[countable usually plural] if you have a qualification, you have passed an examination or course to show you have a particular level of skill or knowledge in a subjectHe left school without any qualifications.qualification inWe are looking for graduates with qualifications in maths or science.2[countable usually plural]SEBE a skill, personalquality, or type of experience that makes you suitable for a particular job or positionqualification forhealth and fitness qualifications for membership in the Territorial Armyqualification to do somethingThere have been questions about his qualifications to lead the company.Does he have the right qualifications to become a Supreme Court Justice?3[uncountable] when a person or teamreaches a necessarystandard, for example by passing an examination or defeating another teamUpon qualification, you can expect to find work abroad fairly easily.qualification forthe US qualification for the World Cup4[countable, uncountable]ADD something that you add to a statement to limit its effect or meaning syn reservationI welcome without qualification the Minister’s proposal.COLLOCATIONSverbshave a qualification (also hold a qualification formal)You don't need to have any qualifications for this job.lack qualifications40 percent of the prisoners lack any qualifications.get a qualification British English (also gain/obtain a qualification formal)I want to get the qualifications so that I can become a doctor.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + qualificationacademic qualificationsEva had excellent academic qualifications.educational qualificationsToo many children leave school without any educational qualifications.a teaching/medical/legal etc qualification British English:She has a degree and a teaching qualification.a professional qualification British English (=one relating to a professional job, such as a teacher, lawyer etc)A professional qualification in accountancy would be an advantage.a vocational qualification British English (=one relating to a skilled job, such as a nurse or a builder)You can study for a vocational qualification in the tourism industry.formal qualifications (=official qualifications rather than experience)He has no formal qualifications.paper qualifications British English often disapproving (=documents showing that you have passed exams, rather than actual experience of doing something)We often find that paper qualifications are no guide to ability.a recognized qualification (=one that is accepted by people as good)Trainees can work towards a recognised vocational qualification.good/excellent qualificationsGood qualifications are a passport to success.
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qualification• She left school at 16, with no academicqualifications.• Simply having served in the conservatives' version of Camelot is seen as qualification enough to serve again today.• The authorsconclude that universities can have confidence in admitting carefully selectedmaturestudents even if they lackformalentryqualifications.• One important qualification is life experience and sensitivity to the ideas of justice in different communities.• Zabriskie is a political newcomer with impressivequalifications.• A nationally recognised qualification should be awarded on successfulcompletion of a validated course.• There may, for instance, be a requirement to join together lecturers of a similarqualification or age group.• The two-year course leads to a teachingqualification.• Both staff had first degreesplus teaching qualifications.• In trueCelticfashion, physicalstrength and absence of blemish would be the qualification of a king.• Bryant always says what he means, without qualification or evasion.• List your qualifications in the space below.qualification for• Banksrequire different qualifications forborrowing money.• Several senators questioned his qualifications for the SupremeCourt.• The team ensured its qualification for the finals with a win over Kennedy High.From Longman Business Dictionaryqualificationqual‧i‧fi‧ca‧tion /ˌkwɒləfəˈkeɪʃənˌkwɑː-/ noun1[countable usually plural] an examination that you have passed at school, university, or in your professionThe government is determined to reduce the number of young people leaving school with no qualifications.Even without paper qualifications (=official qualifications rather than experience or personal qualities), a well-motivated young girl should be able to find work as a shop assistant or a waitress.2[countable] a skill, personal quality, or type of experience that makes you suitable for a particular jobMr. Burkett has all the qualifications for a big-time fund-raiser: a limitless capacity for talking on the phone, and a lot of rich personal contacts.Isobel has all the right qualifications to become a good manager.If you are qualified, you have suitable knowledge, experience, or qualifications to do a particular job All our staff are highly qualified. Some professions, for example accountancy, require their members to have a professional qualification, such as an ACA (Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants) from a professional organization (=official organization that represents a particular profession). Other jobs require an academic qualification, such as a bachelor’s degree (=BA, BS, or BSc) or a master’s degree (=MA, MSc, or MS). Jobs, such as carpentry or plumbing, require vocational qualifications which are awarded by an organization such as the City and Guilds in the UK.Someone who is skilled has the training and experience that is needed to do something well Skilled craftsmen, such as carpenters, are in great demand. A skilled worker does work that involves special skills that they have gained through trainingThe shortage of skilled workers is having a significant effect on the industry. A semi-skilled worker is not in a highly skilled or professional job, but needs some special skills to do their job The research found a steady decline in the ratio of semi-skilled workers in industries that employ a large number of foreign workers. An unskilled worker does work that does not involve any special skill or training The government is planning to put in place safeguards to prevent exploitation of unskilled workers.