Attend this live webinar to learn about both the benefits and potential landmines when a certification organization has a relationship with another organization. Hear a case study, and considerations for programs that have earned or are considering NCCA accreditation.
This session explores public interest through the regulator’s lens. Hear common concerns and goals on working in the public interest, what it means, and more importantly, what it should mean. Learn strategies to structure your organization and make decision on truly working in the public interest.
Learn ethical and legal issues in establishing policies and procedures that protect the public, certificants, and the certifying organization and that uphold the integrity of certification from a legal adviser to certification organizations. Real-life examples are also shared.
Listen to this on-demand webcast to learn more about how your organization can legally control its web domains, copyrights and trademarks, and tips for avoiding lawsuits related to association websites and accounts, including international examples.
This chapter covers program governance and is organized into three sections: documents, board structure, and fiduciary responsibilities. The purpose is to discuss the documents needed for governance - either to be separately incorporated or part of a separately incorporated organization.
This chapter discusses the internationalization or globalization of certification. Its objectives are to identify factors to be considered in the decision to go global and examine globalization certification models that can be applied in different contexts.
This 2008 white paper, authored by Donald Balasa, JD, MBA, presents a discussion of the legal issues that should be taken into consideration by: (1) professional certifying bodies when determining eligibility pathways for their examinations; and (2) academic accrediting bodies when determining which certification examinations are acceptable for measuring graduate achievement from the programs they accredit.
This 2009 white paper, authored by Joan Knapp, PhD and Paul Grace, MS, CAE, describes the nature of the certification business and identifies the antecedents for having a successful program. The paper is targeted to certification staff or Board members who are considering starting a program, adding credentials to an existing program, changing key program features, discontinuing a program, or wishing to maintain or enhance the success of an existing program.
This 2010 white paper, authored by Clifford H. Donath and Anthony T. Baratta, provides a practical and operational introduction to good practices in defining the necessary safeguards in obtaining and protecting important program information and intellectual property.
This document reports best practices in professional certification as identified by consensus through a systematic investigation, related only to activities that are relatively specific to the development, administration, and maintenance of professional certification programs.
The Business of Certification module from the Fundamental Topics in Certification online course includes how stakeholders of a certification program benefit, what makes certification programs unique, and what is required to ensure a successful, meaningful program.
The Program Governance and Operations module from the Fundamental Topics in Certification online course includes an introduction to the responsibilities of an effective governing body and its role in successfully overseeing and growing your program as well as best practices required to administer a quality certification program.
The Policies and Procedures module from the Fundamental Topics in Certification online course reviews the policies and procedures that are essential to all certification programs, and explains why they are necessary to maintain a quality program.
Designed for new credentialing staff, new volunteer board members, or staff who are developing a new certification program, set up your staff and volunteers for success by providing them basic knowledge and good practices for administering a certification program.
In early 2009, ICE leadership determined that the uncertain global economic conditions would be the theme for the 2009 Credentialing Leadership Forum. In preparation for the Forum, ICE surveyed credentialing organizations in order to gain a better understanding of what, if any impacts, the industry was dealing with due to the economic conditions and to also obtain information on what industry leaders believe were the top issues they were facing. This report summarizes the result of that survey.
The 2012 What the CFO Wants to Know is a follow-up report to the Certification Industry Operating Ratios and Benchmarking Statistics report published in 2009. In our newest report, gain insight into the average revenue, expenses, and operations of certification programs.
In early 2011, ICE’s Research and Development Committee convened a Task Force on Ethics to review the ethics processes and documentation for certification programs with the goal of determining whether commonalities exist in practices in this area. After reviewing the codes of ethics or professional conduct for selected certification programs with National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and/or American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation, the Task Force drafted a survey. This report detailing the survey's findings was published by the committee in 2012. 29 pages.
This package offers you recordings of 12 concurrent sessions (1 hour each) from the 2013 ICE Excahgne that focus on testing concepts and issues for certification programs. Most sessions are suitable for all levels of credentialing professionals in both the public and private sectors.
During fall 2012, the Management Practices Subcommittee of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Research and Development (R&D) Committee conducted a survey to learn more about the practice of managing a certification organization. The survey was designed to determine how management of certification organizations might differ from membership-based associations and other kinds of organizations. The Management Practices Survey Report reveals the backgroud, methodology, and objectives of the survey and reports the outcomes and observations.
Discuss the complexities of international certification programs, including how to leverage the world of opportunities and how to avoid common, potential problems. Specifically, learn various approaches to going international, issues related to exam security, as well as challenges of cultural and language differences.
This webinar will identify steps that CEOs and their staff can take to recruit public members and ensure that they make an effective, and unique, contribution to the board's work and organization's governance. A CEO and two former public members will share strategies that you can use to find, train, support, and define meaningful roles for public members. Walk away empowered to make the most of your public member's involvement.
ICE's Research & Development (R&D) committee noted the limited guidance and resources available on how to set eligibility requirements. To meet this need, the committee conducted interviews with existing certification programs, completed a thorough review of the topic, and produced the Eligibility Requirements Report. The report provides a glimpse of industry perspectives and best practices, alongside a review of the policies in place for determining credential eligibility and the methods for setting and changing these requirements.
The "Credentialing Specialist" Assessment-based Certificate Program is designed for certification staff who want to gain insights into the eco-system of certification from a program's conception, through its development and delivery, to maintenance and improvement.
The modules challenge you to take your program to the next level. The concepts and practices discussed in the modules are based on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Standards for Accreditation of Certification Programs.
The Advanced Topics in Certification online modules guide your staff's conversations and decisions on expanding, elevating, or differently marketing your established program. This purchase is for a single user of the Business of Certification module.
Many certification boards wait decades for any appreciable licensure recognition of their credentials. This has not been the case for the BACB’s certifications. The BACB attributes its success in working with licensure boards to a strategic, cooperative, and cautious approach. This session will address that strategy while also identifying precautious and lessons learned in recent years.
This paper provides tips for the development of clear and concise RFPs, including how to describe the goods and services your organization is seeking and the criteria for judging the responses.Just as important, this paper will provide examples of pitfalls likely to confuse contractors and vendors, resulting in proposals that are difficult to judge.
This 2015 report benchmarks the same metrics as in previous years; however, it also addresses new topics, such as marketing strategies and the use of virtual versus in-person approaches to performing test-related activities. The report is based on data collected from 66 organizations in Canada and the United States. It details the general demographics of the respondents, including staff size, geographic scope of programs, and the number of programs offered.
This bundled package includes the following ICE R&D reports: 2009 Release: Certification Industry Operating Ratios and Benchmarking Statistics 2012 Release: What Your CFO Wants to Know: Results of the 2011 Business of Certification Survey 2015 Release: What Your CFO Wants to Know: Results of the 2014 Business of Certification Survey
This white paper will explore the concept of VoC and its various intrinsic and extrinsic forms through the existing academic and professional literature. In addition, this paper will present examples from various credentialing bodies to demonstrate how organizations prioritize VoC factors and communicate them to credential holders, hiring managers, HR professionals, and executives.
The intent of this publication is to provide the credentialing community with information about the emerging trend of digital badging. ICE's Research & Development (R&D) Committee uses this report to define relevant and related terms, describe how digital badges are currently being used, discuss their potential use, and pose some research questions and considerations.
This webcast offers an opportunity to take a fresh look at egnaging certificants and volunteers, and to learn some practical tips related to crafting recruitment messages, sustaining commitment, and recognizing volunteer contributions.
For Members Only. This free Executive Summary provides an overview of the method used to conduct the 2015 Certification Industry Compensation and Benesifts Survey, identifies general profiles of the responding organizations, lists the type of data categories reported for each position, and provides a few highlights of the data in the report.
The 2015 ICE Exchange concurrent session, Adventures in Governance: Keeping Your Board Focused on the Business of Certification, shares examples of potential pitfalls and best practices to keep certification board members focused on advancing the strategic work of the organization from two experienced association executives.
The 2015 ICE Exchange Concurrent session, Digital Badging 2.0, provides honest retrospectices on the badging experience from early adopters of digital badging, and how well reality has matched their respective visions.
In this session, panelists explore the differences in the mission, governance, and psychometric components of various assessment programs, including: employment testing, licensure, certifications designed for public protection, certifications designed to support hiring decisions, certificates, and micro-credentials (badges).
There’s a lot of buzz about microcredentials, but what are they? Are they certification or education? How are they different from traditionally offered credentials? Is a digital badge a microcredential? Why should we consider offering them? What's involved in developing and granting them? Those questions and more will be addressed in this webcast lead by Mickie Rops, CAE, an experienced and trusted advisor in education and credentialing.
A digital copy of the ICE Handbook, a step-by-step guide to designing and implementing effective professional certification examinations was written by recognized experts with applied knowledge of practical experience.
The Considerations for International Expansion online course is designed for managers, directors, and other strategic decision-makers who are considering expanding their certification program globally or internationally.
Learn how to engage in strategic discussions with your Board and relevant committees regarding key changes to the NCCA Standards (effective January 2016), and how to keep the NCCA Standards in mind when developing or updating a certification program.
Organizations and individuals have access to more data than most know what to do with. How does an organization determine what data is important? Hear examples used by colleagues in the credentialing and business communities.
In this webinar, discuss ways to engage your members in volunteer service in a collaborative and productive environment. Learn how to recruit qualified people to fill your volunteer positions and to set expectations from the start through orientation and training.
In the concurrent session A View Through A Crystal Ball: What Will Certification Look Like A Decade From Now?, a panel discuses how the various political forces are shaping certification, and what certification may look like to years from now.
This concurrent session, Establishing and Maintaining Firewalls Between Certification and Education, presents the five most frequent problem areas with applications for initial and continuing accreditation under the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification, and is based on the ICE white paper with the same title.
Gain clarity on the differences between a certificate and certification program, including three major differences based on ICE and ISO (ANSI) definitions and standards, and learn a basic method of evaulating the quality of a these types of programs.