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A diploma is a certificate or deed issued by an educational institution, such as a college or university, certifying that the recipient has satisfactorily finished a course of study. The term diploma also refers to an academic award awarded following successful completion of various courses such as a diploma in higher education, a diploma in graduating, or a diploma in post-graduate study. The Codex Juris Gentium Diplomaticus can also refer to a charter or official document, hence diplomatic, diplomat, and diplomacy.

The diploma (as a document proving a qualification) is also known as a testamur, which comes from the Latin term testamur, which means “we testify” or “certify” (testari), and is widely used in Australia to refer to the document validating the granting of a degree. Alternatively, this document might be referred to as parchment, a degree certificate, or a graduation certificate. A Nobel laureate’s certificate is also referred to as a diploma.

In some historical contexts, the term diploma refers to documents signed by a King confirming a gift or tenure of a specific territory and its terms (see Anglo-Saxon Charters and Diplomatics).

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) presently recognizes three types of diplomas in Australia:


a “Diploma,” a credential awarded by a vocational education and training (VET) program or a university. It usually takes 12 to 18 months of full-time education to finish. It is typically comparable to the first year of a bachelor’s degree when accepted for credit as part of a bachelor’s degree.

After finishing a bachelor’s degree, a “Graduate Diploma” is pursued (or be deemed to have equivalent knowledge). This can be in a field unrelated to the one covered by the degree (e.g., the Graduate Diploma of Education necessary to become a school teacher in most Australian states). It can also be a coursework-only certification earned as part of specialization within one’s degree field.

The “Vocational Graduate Diploma” was a short-lived AQF certification meant to be given solely in the VET sector and was equal to the “Graduate Diploma.” On January 1, 2015, the word “Vocational” was removed from the title of all such credentials provided.

Diplomas are two- and three-year academic post-secondary programs offered by colleges and institutes of applied studies, arts, and technology in Ontario, Canada. Two-year programs are termed college diplomas, while three-year programs are known as Ontario College Advanced Diplomas. Baccalaureate degrees, which last a year longer than an Advanced Diploma, are provided by both colleges and universities in Ontario.

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