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WP16 Five of the Most Frequent Problem Areas with NCCA Applications

This Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) white paper is written to help certifying bodies preparing applications for accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) understand the requirements of the 2014 Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs (Standards). Five of the most frequent problem areas with applications for NCCA accreditation are discussed. Suggestions are made to clarify the requirements for compliance with the Standards. However, this white paper does not provide an authoritative interpretation of the Standards. Download the Table of Contents.

Meet the Authors

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, has served as Chief Executive Officer and Legal Counsel of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) since 1990. He served previously as Staff Attorney for the American Dental Assistants Association. Don 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 served on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies from 2007 to 2013, and as Chair from 2010 to 2013.

James Robert Fidler is Director of Testing and Competency Assurance at American Medical Technologists in Rosemont, Illinois.  As a methodologist, his areas of concentration include psychometrics, professional certification, research design, data analysis, and applications of Rasch measurement methodology.  He received his doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago. During his past three decades working in psychometrics and credentialing, Dr. Fidler has provided input into a number of health and non-health related national certification programs, has authored articles in certification testing, and has been responsible for all aspects of examining certification candidates across various disciplines. Most recently, Dr. Fidler was honored to have participated in the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation standards revision project, serving as a member of a team reviewing standards related to psychometrics.

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