Institute for Credentialing Excellence

I.C.E. Academy Online Courses

Designed for all levels of credentialing professionals. Written by credentialing experts.

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I.C.E. is a CAE Approved Provider. The programs linked below meet requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. Every program that  qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential visit


Online Courses

Certificate Program for the "Credentialing Specialist"

This online course provides a comprehensive curriculum designed for the individual who wants to gain insights into the eco-system of certification from a program's conception, through its development and delivery, to maintenance and improvement. 

The course includes eight modules, and participants who complete the program and pass course assessments earn a certificate as a "Credentialing Specialist."

Foundations of Assessment-Based Certificate Programs

This online course provides staff and volunteers basic knowledge and good practices for developing and administering an assessment-based certificate program.

Module topics include:

  • The Business of Credentialing–Certificate vs. Certification
  • Getting Started–Program Design and Structure
  • Adult Learning and Instructional Design
  • Assessment and Measurement Principles

Fundamental Topics in Certification

Use this course as a training tool for new certification staff or as on-boarding tools for volunteer leaders. Set up your staff and volunteers for success by providing them basic knowledge and good practices for administering a certification program. Modules can be purchased as a set or individually. 

Module topics include:

  • The Business of Certification
  • Program Governance and Operations
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Psychometric Concepts and Analyses
  • Assessment Development and Delivery
  • Legal Concepts Related to Credentialing

Considerations for International Expansion 

Designed for managers, directors, and other strategic decision-makers, this course provides the tools and resources you need to make a thoughtful decision on whether or not to expand your certification abroad, and guidance on how to execute your expansion plan.

Module topics include:

  • Why and How to Expand your Certification Programs Abroad
  • Legal Issues
  • Taking Your Certification International or Global