Are there any world-wide known Music Certification tests that you can make to use in your resume, with like basic musical habilities?

I used to work in the IT area, where is very common for some companies like Oracle and Zend to arrange that kind of certification for a programming language or framework

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    You may want to search for the acronyms mentioned in the exam-grades tag I added, but in lack a of big responsible company this is strongly dependent on the country you live in. – guidot Dec 3 '19 at 8:55
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    Speaking generally, just about every country will have music exam boards, so passing a grade on an instrument and putting 'ABRSM grade VI clarinet' for example would be recognisable anywhere, with a possible bit of reasearch by someone reading a c.v. – Tim Dec 3 '19 at 16:13
  • @Tim Thanks! Can you make that an answer, so I can accept it? – ViniciusPires Sep 8 at 20:12

Music is such a big field that it isn't really possible to answer this.

There are organisations and colleges such as Berklee which have some international reputation, it can be helpful to have something from them.

But in many areas, the qualification is simply showing you can do what is needed. For instance, as a jazz musician you are likely to pick up work by showing you can play your **** off without actually being an ****.

Music is a field that is extremely results driven. Pieces of paper don't really make much difference when you are on stage. Being able to be there on time, looking the part, and playing well are the main thing. Even people who do study at conservatory will often acknowledge that the main benefit was contacts they made, rather than the actual qualification.

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Adding to @danmcb answer: In some cases a college degree matters. E.g. in some countries Master in music is required to teach in a public school. A degree might be a plus when applying for other music related jobs.

But if the focus the job is music performance, a video showing you playing will be worth more than any paper. A degree is for sure worth mentioning, but bragging about it too much might actually make a bad impression.

Anything below academic level probably won't be worth much, except when you apply to study at the college.

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Generally speaking, just about every country will have music exam boards, a lot of them world wide, like ABRSM. Most have been established for many years, and the standard at any particular grade should be just that - standard.

So, on a c.v., stating Grade VI clarinet ABRSM, Trinity, LCM, AMEB etc., should give a good clue to someone reading that c.v., possibly with a little homework.

Worth a look at IMEB - which it seems is the International Music Examination Board, and, as such, would have responsibility to align all boards.

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There are systems of graded examinations in performance for most instruments, and for theory, designed to cover the stages from beginner to pre-college.

Here's a couple of 'classical' ones



and one for 'rock'


Those are UK-based. There are equivalents elsewhere. The next step is a diploma from a music conservatoire.

A few music software companies offer certification in their products. You can become an 'Avid Certified User' in several of their products, including Protools and Sibelius.


Steinberg (Cubase) have 'Certified Training'. I guess you get some sort of certificate after completing a course.


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