National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Standards
As part of its continuous process of quality improvement, the NCCA initiated another review and update of the Standards beginning in May 2013. 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. The NCCA Standards were revised and approved in November 2014 for a January 2016 implementation.
The NCCA standards are free to members and are available to non-members for a fee.
Interpretation of Standards
The NCCA has developed a summary document which presents a broad overview of the requirements of the 2016 NCCA Standards. It is intended to give programs a quick reference as to the changes that will take effect in 2016.
There is also a free on-demand training on the revised standards. The training highlights the application process and summarizes the intent and requirements of each Standard. 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. Any program that does not submit their application by the August 31 deadline must follow the 2016 NCCA 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: