The DELE certificates are issued by the Instituto Cervantes, in behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports with no expiration date, and consolidated since its beginnings in 1989. Exams are offered for levels A1 through C2 according to the CEFR, and the candidate must choose which level they would like to be tested. Each exam consists of four sections (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking), is done on paper, and within set exam periods. DELE offers exams for school-levels, young people, and adults that speak Spanish as a second or a foreign language. Results are given within a maximum of three months, and successful candidates are given an official electronic certificate as well as a diploma issued via regular post.
The SIELE certifies the Spanish language proficiency for young people and adults who speak Spanish as a second or foreign language, as well as native speakers. Starting in 2016, it is promoted and supported by the Cervantes Institute, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Universidad de Buenos Aires and the University of Salamanca, and ensures a strong presence of multiple Spanish varieties. It offers the possibility of completing a full exam consisting of four segments (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking), or even a partial exam that certifies particular sets of language competencies. All exams and administrative processes are completed electronically in one of the testing centers available by appointment. Results will be given in a maximum of three weeks, and candidates may print certificates or reports using the software provided.