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    National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Standards

    NCCA Standards

    The first NCCA Standards were issued in the late 1970s, and the second revision of the Standards was released in 2005. Since that time, the NCCA observed fundamental changes in the nature, scope, and importance of certification. As part of its continuous process of quality improvement, the NCCA initiated another review and update of the Standards beginning in May 2013. A Steering Committee and three Task Forces were established for this purpose. In addition to determining that the Standards retained their currency and relevance, another purpose was to add clarity and detail, particularly as change in the certification industry has created greater complexity.

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    After the completion of a two-year process of standards revision, the revised standards for NCCA accreditation were ratified by a vote of NCCA accredited programs. 

    • Of the 131 organizations with certified programs, 87 votes (66% of eligible voters) were received 
    • 75 votes (86% of votes cast) approved the proposed standards

    Therefore, the new standards have been approved and will be implemented on January 1, 2016. Programs seeking accreditation or reaccreditation in 2016 must follow the new requirements.

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    Note that the NCCA standards are free to members and are available to non-members for a fee.

    Interpretation of Standards

    ICE will record an updated webinar by early 2015 to further clarify the intent of the new Standards and the evidence needed to demonstrate compliance. The online application will also be updated after August 31, 2015, which is the last deadline for 2015 that will still require compliance with the current Standards.

    ICE will review and respond to requests for interpretation of specific Standards and Essential Elements. Such requests must be made in writing to ICE. ICE is the only body with the authority to formally issue interpretations of the NCCA Standards. Requests for Standards interpretations should be provided in writing to:

    Anjali Weber
    Director of Accreditation Services
    info@credentialingexcellence.org
    2025 M Street, NW
    Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20036

    NCCA Standards Revision Committee

    ICE would like to thank all of the Standards Revision Committee members who dedicated their time to this project:

    Main Committee Co-Chairs

    Lawrence J. Fabrey, PhD
    Applied Measurement Professionals
    Paul Grace, MS, CAE
    National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

    Main Committee Members

    Lynn D. Anderson, PhD
    Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology 
    Brian Bontempo, PhD
    Mountain Measurement, Inc
    Catherine A. Carter
    American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics
    Katherine Church
    Certifying Board for Dietary Managers 
    Ida Darragh, CPM
    North American Registry of Midwives
    Leon Gross, PhD
    Psychometric Consultant
    Mary Macomber, BA, JD
    South Florida Hunger Coalition
    Liberty Munson
    Microsoft Corporation  
    Melinda Rose
    Global Skills Exchange Corporation  

    Task Group Leaders

    Don Balasa, JD, MBA
    American Association of Medical Assistants
    Jim Henderson, PhD
    Castle Worldwide
    Jerry Reid, PhD
    American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

    Task Group Members

    Brian Biagioli, Ed.D.
    National Council on Strength and Fitness
    Elisa Kahn, PhD
    Green Building Certification Institute
    Graham Brent
    National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators     
    Kevin Keller
    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
    Roger Brauer, PhD, PE
    American Board for Occupational Health Nursing
    Sherry Keramidas, PhD, FASAE, CAE
    Regulatory Affairs Certification Program
    Torryn Brazell, MS, CAE
    American Board of Audiology
    Sara Blair Lake, JD, CAE
    International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
    Gay Bruhn, PhD, CPT
    International Society for Performance Improvement
    Rebecca LeBuhn
    Citizen Advocacy Center
    Christopher Butcher
    Heuristic Solutions
    Janice Moore, MA
    SeaCrest Company
    Carla Caro, MA
    Professional Examination Service
    Paul Naylor, PhD
    Independent Consultant
    Margaret Collins
    Human Resources Research Organization
    Mike Niederpruem, MS, MA, CAE
    The DALE Foundation
    William Cordes, CMA
    Institute of Certified Management Accountants
    Matthew O’Hara, CAE
    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
    Michelle DeLa Rosa
    ICF International
    Tom O’Neill, PhD
    American Board of Family Medicine
    Amy Dufrane, PhD
    Human Resource Certification Institute
    Jim Penny           
    Castle Worldwide
    James Fidler, PhD
    American Medical Technologists
    Irene Perez
    Department of Defense
    Jeff Glassie
    Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
    William Schimmel
    Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
    Isabelle Gonthier, PhD
    Financial Planning Standards Council
    Robert Shaw, PhD
    National Board for Respiratory Care
    Johnna Gueorguieva, PhD
    Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.
    Jim Stobinski, PhD
    Competency and Credentialing Institute
    Judy Hale, PhD
    The Institute for Performance Improvement, L3C
    Lori Tinkler
    National Board for Respiratory Care
    Ron Hanchar, MBA
    National Healthcareer Association
    Gordon Waugh, PhD
    Human Resources Research Organization
    Beryl Harman
    Think Strategic Consulting
    Dan Winder, PhD
    Course Outcomes
    Lucinda Harman, RN, PhD
    American Chiropractic Neurology Board
    Joan Yudelson
    Financial Planning Standards Council

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