A certification designates the completion of specified coursework intended to develop a specific understanding, skill set, or proficiency level. Certifications are not formal academic credentials; they are notations on the transcript which appear at the end of the semester during which the certification was completed. Students can not declare a certification on their academic record, as they would a major, minor, or other formal credential. Once the requirements of a certification are completed, the student should contact the department offering the certification to request that the notation of completion be added to their transcript. The academic department will verify successful completion and notify the Registrar's Office.