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    Submit Session Proposals for the ICE Exchange Conference

    Thank you for your interest in speaking at the ICE Exchange conference. The call for 2015 session proposals will open in February 2015. The open call will be announced through ICE emails and on the ICE website. 

    ICE will accept proposals for at least 3 different session types:

    • Concurrent sessions (full length presentations at 60 or 90 minute lengths)
    • Lightning Learning sessions (15-minute presentations, TED Talks style, to take place in ICE's Learning Lounge)
    • ePoster presentations (virtual poster displayed on a flat-screen monitor that uses dynamic, visual elements to inform a viewer on key issues or critical research)

    As you consider submitting a session proposal, please expand each of the FAQs below to gain insight into our vision and audience.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who is eligible to present at the ICE Exchange?

    The types of professionals who have traditionally presented at ICE conferences include:
    • Administrative and organizational leaders of certification programs;
    • Psychometricians and other credentialing professionals focused on assessment methodology;
    • Credentialing researchers and faculty;
    • Individuals who have worked with credentialing consultants to develop or enhance credentialing programs; and
    • Credentialing consultants
      *If you are an employee of a company that provides products or consulting services to credentialing organizations, you must co-present with at least one representative from a credentialing body. Proposals that do not indicate at least one credentialing body representative as a co-presenter will not be considered.

    What are the speaker rules and regulations?

    Speaker Limitations
    • To promote diverse sessions, speakers are not permitted to speak at more than two concurrent sessions per conference.
    • Each concurrent session must feature at least one speaker from a credentialing body.
    • After the original proposal is accepted, speaker substitutions or additions must be requested in writing and approved by the ICE Program Committee. The committee reserves the right to help identify an appropriate speaker/co-presenter or reject a previously accepted session based on speaker changes.

    Session Limitations

    • Promotion of specific product solutions or services is not permitted in concurrent sessions. Inclusion of such material may result in your session being excluded in conference recording packages and may preclude the organizers from being allowed to submit proposals for future ICE conferences. Please be careful that your case study does not accidentally turn into a product solution showcase.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once a session has been accepted and printed in promotional materials, it imposes a serious burden to ICE to cancel. Please do not submit a proposal if you are uncertain that you will be able to fulfill your obligation to organize and conduct the session. Once a session is accepted by the Program Committee, cancellation by the session organizers may preclude the organizers from being allowed to submit proposals for future ICE conferences.

    What is the ICE Program Committee's vision for the 2015 ICE Exchange conference?

    The 2015 ICE Exchange conference is the conference for the credentialing community. The conference was re-branded in 2013 as the ICE Exchange in order to highlight the aspects that the attendees reported as the most important: exchanging ideas on industry trends and best practices through making connections with each other and taking part in high quality education.

    The educational program is intended to be diverse, educating on the many aspects of a credentialing ecosystem: business of certification, security records and data management, testing development and administration, etc. The educational program should include sessions suitable for a wide range of experience levels and blend foundational concepts such as best practices and standards with new concepts and innovative approaches to credentialing.

    The ICE Exchange aims to create a variety of learning experiences which appeal to different preferred styles of learning. We are considering introducing a mix of session lengths (60 or 90 minutes) as well as encouraging unique learning formats; in 2013, we launched the Learning Lounge which is a high-energy venue featuring five different learning environments and connection points.

    An outstanding attendee experience is the primary goal of the conference. With your commitment, the 2015 ICE Exchange will deliver!

    What session topics most interest ICE Exchange attendees?

    The Program Committee welcomes submissions on any topic of interest to the credentialing industry. The below list represents examples of well-received or relevant topics presented in random order. 


    • organizational strategy and leadership
    • moving your Board from tactical discussions to strategic discussions
    • best practices for promoting cohesion
    • strategies for optimal board member engagement
    • enhancing the role of the public member
    • new governance models
    • strategic planning and long term visioning
    • when to sunset or expand or specialize a certification.

    Legal Issues

    • what's new in case law?
    • accommodations
    • due process
    • trademark and copyright steps
    • separate legal incorporation (why and why not)
    • intellectual property protection
    • non-profit vs. profit models.

    Recertification and Continuing Education Methodologies

    • future models for building continuing competence programs
    • technological impacts on recertification process/tracking

    Testing Methodologies and Exam Development Best Practices

    • performance-based testing (why do it, reliability issues in scoring, training and calibration of raters)
    • remote or online proctoring (new considerations for test administration and security)
    • job analysis; using job analysis data to identify exam design
    • alternate methods for setting a cut score
    • alternate methods for determining and validating knowledge, skills, or competencies
    • creating right-sized relationships with your outsourced testing companies
    • creating efficient RFPs for outsourced services.

    Marketing and Communication

    • promoting the value of your credentials
    • soliciting feedback from the public and other stakeholders (besides including them on your board)
    • innovative strategy in social media
    • developing your value proposition
    • innovative ways to capture and use current data for strategic planning/marketing
    • defining and responding to competitive programs
    • impact of MOOCS on your certification
    • understanding what employers and the public need to know about your certification.

    Working with Lawmakers (local, state, and federal)

    • identifying key messaging and statistics that capture attention

    Psychometric Principles


    • why and why not
    • how to leverage accreditation in your value proposition

    Assessment-based certificate programs

    • certificate vs. certification
    • strategic use of certificate programs
    • best practices for certificate development.


    • what can your program research teach others?
    • using data visualization strategies to communicate your data to your stakeholders
    • what can demographic trends and generational characteristics say about future certificants?


    • what are employment trends teaching us about the future of credentialing?
    • how is workplace training competing with certifications?
    • update on the efforts to integrate military credentials into workforce
    • is micro-credentialing a friend or foe to the certification field?


    • when to consider going international
    • anticipating the challenges an international expansion may bring
    • how a certification’s value proposition may change internationally

    In addition to current good or best practices, the Program Committee encourages submissions on trends that you believe will have a profound effect on the industry in the future. 

    According to the 2013 ICE Exchange Conference Survey, 80% of attendees are of a manager level or higher. However, a portion of this population may be volunteer board members who are looking to learn the fundamentals of governing and operating a certification or certificate program. ICE's program committee strives to create an overall educational program that incorporates diverse topic areas and is suitable for beginning, intermediate, and C-level audiences.

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