What does credentialism mean?

Definitions for credentialism

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  1. credentialism(Noun)

    an overemphasis on the importance of academic, legal, or regulatory qualifications


  1. Credentialism

    Credentialism is the over-emphasis on credentials when hiring staff or assigning social status. An employer may require a diploma, professional license or academic degree, say, for a job which can be done perfectly well applying skills acquired through experience or mere informal study. Since blue-collar types of work have relied more commonly upon the apprentice system for confirmation of skills, the phenomenon is considered more prevalent among employers of white-collar labor.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of credentialism in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of credentialism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William John Bennett:

    Most certification today is pure 'credentialism.' It must begin to reflect our demand for excellence, not our appreciation of parchment.

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