National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Standards
The first NCCA Standards were issued in the late 1970s. Since that time, the NCCA observed fundamental changes in the nature, scope, and importance of certification. In keeping with its service to the public and to various other stakeholders of professional certification, and in order to address changes in certification, NCCA undertook the review and revision of its accreditation standards. The standards revision project began in 1997 and involved numerous ICE members, representatives from a multitude of NCCA accredited organizations, the public and other interested parties. The process for drafting revised Standards included a survey that initially provided impartial direction to the revision process, a thorough review of current law and judicial decisions, as well as an assessment of the procedures other accrediting bodies employed to develop, implement and promulgate new standards. Input from the certification field was continuous, with several comment periods and open forums.
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Interpretation of Standards
In an effort to provide clarity and improve the accreditation application process, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) will review and respond to requests for interpretation of specific Standards and Essential Elements. Such requests must be made in writing to the NCCA. The NCCA is the only body with the authority to formally issue interpretations of the NCCA Standards. For further information, please download the Standards Interpretation Policy.
Requests for Standards interpretations should be provided in writing to:
Director of Accreditation Services
2025 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Formal Interpretation requests received to date: