Here’s an overview of the different types of certificates, diplomas, qualifications & certifications offered at DevWorld Tech Academy – DWTA:

Academic Certificate

  • Purpose: Focuses on providing specialized knowledge in a specific area of study within an academic discipline.
  • Duration: Typically shorter than degree programs, often a few months to a year.
  • Issuers: Universities, colleges, and educational institutions.
  • Examples: Academic Certificate in Digital Literacy, Academic Certificate in Computer Progamming.

At DWTA Academic Certificates are awarded in Awareness Study Lane courses and study programs.


Professional Certificate

  • Purpose: Aimed at enhancing skills and knowledge for a specific profession or job role.
  • Duration: Can range from a few weeks to several months.
  • Issuers: Professional bodies, industry associations, universities, and online education platforms.
  • Examples: Professional Certificate in Digital Design & Multimedia, Professional Certificate Programming & Web Design

At DWTA Professional Certificates are awarded in Awareness Study Lane, Expert Study Lane, Boost Lane Study Lane and DWTA Bootcamp courses and study programs.


Academic Diploma

  • Purpose: Provides comprehensive education in a specific field, often serving as a pathway to a higher degree.
  • Duration: Usually takes one to two years to complete.
  • Issuers: Universities, colleges, and educational institutions.
  • Examples: Academic Diploma in Software Engineering, Academic Diploma in Computer Science.

At DWTA Academic Diploma are awarded in Expert Study Lane, Boost Lane Study Lane and DWTA Bootcamp courses and study programs.


Professional Diploma

  • Purpose: Focuses on practical skills and knowledge required for a specific profession, often including hands-on training.
  • Duration: Can range from a few months to two years.
  • Issuers: Vocational schools, community colleges, and professional training organizations.
  • Examples: Professional Diploma in Graphic Design, Professional Diploma in Cybersercurity.

At DWTA Professional Diploma are awarded in Expert Study Lane, and Boost Lane Study Lane courses and study programs.


Industry Verified

  • Purpose: Indicates that a certificate or diploma has been reviewed and approved by industry experts or organizations, ensuring relevance and quality.
  • Issuers: Typically, industry associations or bodies in collaboration with educational institutions.
  • Examples: Industry-verified certifications in fields like information technology, healthcare, and engineering

At DWTA Industry Verified are awarded to students who first completed at least one study program in the Expert Study Lane, Boost Lane Study Lane or DWTA Bootcamp. And complete at least one real-life major project in our 3 months career path program.


Comparison and Key Differences

  • Professional Diploma students will require one extra session than Academic Diploma students to complete their Unpaid Internship.
  • Industry Verified students will require one extra session than Professional Diploma students to complete their career Path Project. The difference between Academic Diploma and Industry Verified students is an internship and a Career Path project.
  1. Focus:
    • Academic Certificates/Diplomas: More theoretical and comprehensive education within a discipline.
    • Professional Certificates/Diplomas: Practical skills and knowledge tailored for specific careers.
  2. Duration:
    • Certificates: Generally shorter.
    • Diplomas: Longer and more in-depth than certificates.
  3. Issuers:
    • Academic: Primarily educational institutions.
    • Professional: Professional bodies, industry associations, vocational schools.
  4. Industry Verification:
    • Ensures the program meets industry standards and is relevant to current job market needs.

Understanding these distinctions helps in choosing the right educational path based on career goals and professional development needs.