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WP08 Interfaces Between Professional Certification and Academic Accreditation

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.  It presents a non-technical, layperson’s treatment of the legal issues and does not discuss the technicalities of antitrust and other applicable areas of law.

Meet the Author

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, has served as the Executive Director and Legal Counsel of the American Association of Medical Assistants since 1990. He received both his baccalaureate and law degrees from Northwestern University, and his Master of Business Administration in economics from the University of Chicago. He earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 1985. He has served on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies since 2007, and as chair since 2010.

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