This paper explores a number of important issues surrounding the certification of work-based learning (known as accreditation in the UK) for the award of university level qualifications. The paper is divided into two main sections. Section one of the paper defines, and explores the historical development of work-based certification and qualifications in the UK. This is followed in section two by defining various types of certification that are open to organizations, drawing upon real life case histories. The paper concludes by highlighting a number of factors certificating institutions and potential clients should consider when entering the certification marketplace.