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1. a person who has received a formal attestation of professional competence to practise a certain profession or teach a certain skill or subject
2. a degree between that of bachelor and doctor awarded now only by certain chiefly European universities
3. Chiefly Presbyterian Church a person holding a licence to preach



an academic degree used in the French system of higher education and also in the universities of Finland, Switzerland, and some Latin American countries. In medieval universities it was an intermediate degree between the baccalaureate and the doctorate. In modern French universities it is the first academic degree. There are licentiates of literature, the sciences, and pedagogy. The degree of licentiate is awarded to persons who in their third or fourth year of study at an institution of higher learning have passed three or four examinations in subjects in their field of specialization. The degree gives the right to teach in a lycée (generally in the provinces) and to take the examination for the Certificat d’Aptitude du Professorat du Second Degré, which enables the holder to teach at a secondary school, including any lycée.

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They are used as examples showing the standard people need to) reach to receive a Licentiateship.
Stephanie said: "I was also accredited my licentiateship within the BIPP and I was told this was the first time a first-year student at Batley School of Art had been awarded their licentiateship.
Last month he decided to apply to the BIPP for a first level Licentiateship.
John is one of only a handful of North-east photographers to receive the Licentiateship accreditation from the British Institute of Professional Photography - an entry-level qualification for professional photographers.
Steve Mayes is the first photographer in Britain to be immediately allowed entry to the British Institute of Professional Photography as an associate member - the second rung of the ladder - rather than working his way up from the entry level of licentiateship.

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