Ok... So, I'm looking into the various certificate programs out there to supplement my MBA (e.g., finance, project management, etc.) and wanted to get some perspective on the actual value of a certificate. From what I see, some are of academic value (i.e., they have credits that may be offered toward a degree) while others are simply more instructional or non academic in nature. Does one generally receive an actual diploma noting completion of a certificate program (looks like eCornell does something like this - ?), a document suitable for the recycle bin or just acknowlegement that can be added as a bullet point to the resume? I assume it depends on the institution, but wanted to get some perspective from others.