Institute for Credentialing Excellence

Foundations of Assessment-Based Certificate Programs

Designed for Staff and Volunteers of Education and Training Programs

Use this four-module e-Learning course to provide your staff and volunteers basic knowledge and good practices for developing and administering an assessment-based certificate program.

If you offer an education or training program that includes an end-of-course assessment, you offer an assessment-based certificate (ABC) program .  Certificate and certification programs are designed to meet very different needs.  Assessment-based certificate programs can be used as a way to build capacity in a profession or to fill an ongoing skills gap. They can also be used as an adjunct to certification in order to provide competency-based continuing education or to identify advanced or specialty areas of practice.

Who should attend?

  • Staff of organizations considering launching a new credential for their industry
  • Staff of organizations that currently offer education and training
  • Consultants that assess client needs and provide strategic planning and program development
  • Anyone planning to apply for accreditation against the ICE 1100 Standard

Quality Content

Each module has been built to provide hands-on instruction to assist programs in developing an assessment-based certificate program, or ABC, that meets the quality criteria required for accreditation to the ICE 1100 Standard through the ACAP program.

Online Module Topics:

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

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Easy, Online Format

The modules are developed in Articulate Studio ’13 using various interactions to organize content and reinforce learning. The content is presented in well-defined "chunks" of relevant information and is sequenced logically from determining the need for assessment-based certificates through legal issues (though some of these activities may occur in parallel or prior to one another in practice).

Written by credentialing industry experts, each module features a presentation, accompanying slides, and learning checkpoints that allow participants to measure how quickly they're grasping the concepts.

Earn Credit

Foundations of ABCs Digital Badge

Upon completion of the Foundations of Assessment-based Certificate Programs course, you will receive a digital badgeDigital badges allow anyone who views your badges to easily click to verify your credentials by providing a link to ICE metadata that cannot be falsified or duplicated.

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As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 2.75 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Foundations of Assessment-Based Certificate Programs FAQs

What is the cost?

  Full Package: six month access
Includes all 4 modules for 1 user
ICE Members
Non-Members $485

*Once a full package has been purchased, add additional users for only $325 per user. Offer to add additional users only valid in the year that the full package was purchased. Contact to verify your qualification.
**Once a full package has been purchased add additional users for only $435 per user. Offer to add additional users only valid in the year that the full package was purchased. Contact to verify your qualification.


How long will it take me to complete each module?

There is no time limit to complete a module as you may navigate forward and backward to review content at any time. Each module generally runs 45 – 75 minutes in length. There are worksheets for staff or volunteer leadership use, which may be used concurrently or at a later time. It is advisable to use the worksheets as you learn and contemplate the various aspects of certificate programs and refer or return to them, as well as the course resources, to compound your learning.


When will I be granted access and how long will I have to complete the learning and corresponding assessments?

Please allow for up to three (3) business days for ICE staff to create learning licenses for your designated users. Access instructions will be emailed directly to those designated users: if they do not receive this email, please ask them to double-check spam folders and make sure that is added to their safe-sender lists. 

The online modules will be available for a six month period beginning on the date that ICE staff emails access instructions to the user.



Purchase of the modules indicates confirmation that you have read and agree to the Course Subscription Agreement.