Meaning of “qualification” in the English Dictionary

"qualification" in British English

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uk /ˌkwɒl.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌkwɑː.lə.fəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

qualification noun (TRAINING)

B1 [ C ] an official record showing that you have finished a training course or have the necessary skills, etc.:

You'll never get a good job if you don't have any qualifications.
Do you have any teaching/legal/medical/secretarial/academic qualifications?

B2 [ C or U ] an ability, characteristic, or experience that makes you suitable for a particular job or activity:

Some nursing experience is a necessary qualification for this job.
[ + to infinitive ] One of the qualifications you need to work here is a sense of humour!

More examples

  • Candidates with a qualification in Chemistry have exemption from this course.
  • The preparatory certificate is the minimum qualification required to teach English in most language schools.
  • No formal qualifications are required for the work - you'll get on-the-job training.
  • With her qualifications and experience, she would seem to be ideally suited to the job.
  • Please list your educational qualifications and work experience.

(Definition of “qualification” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"qualification" in American English

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us /ˌkwɑl·ə·fɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

qualification noun (SKILL)

[ C usually pl ] knowledge, skill, or some other characteristic that gives a person the ability or the right to do or have something:

I assume my qualifications for the job will be considered along with theirs.

[ C usually pl ] A qualification is also a level of skill or ability that you have to achieve to be allowed to do something:

Passing the advanced Red Cross life-saving course is a qualification for all our lifeguards.

qualification noun (LIMITATION)

[ C/U ] the act of limiting the use or range of a statement you make, or a particular limitation to a statement:

[ U ] I can recommend Helen Hefferman for this position without qualification.

(Definition of “qualification” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"qualification" in Business English

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uk /ˌkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ us HR

[ C ] an official record showing that you have successfully finished a course of training or study, have the skills necessary to do something, etc.:

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience.
gain/get/obtain a qualification Graduates are encouraged to gain professional qualifications.
teaching/coaching/surveying qualifications Do you have any teaching qualifications?
formal/academic/vocational qualifications
a qualification in sth A degree or equivalent qualification in tourism is desirable.
I wasn't very good at school and left at 15 with no qualifications.
Knowledge and character rather than paper qualifications are important in a successful manager.

[ C ] an ability, characteristic, or experience that makes you suitable for a particular job or activity:

He listed his experience of project management as a qualification for the job.
She has all the right qualifications for this difficult assignment.
qualification to do sth Eternal optimism is the qualification you need above all to be a technology fund manager.

(Definition of “qualification” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)