Institute for Credentialing Excellence

Certificate Program for the Credentialing Specialist

I.C.E. recognizes certification is a profession that requires its own unique competencies. The assessment-based Certificate Program for the Credentialing Specialist was created to:

  • Identify the tasks required of a certification professional and the skills and knowledge needed to practice 
  • Provide a clear career pathway for individuals who are developing, implementing, and maintaining quality certification programs
  • Recognize those who have attained the requisite skills and knowledge 

The Next Registration Period will open July 1, 2024.

Access to the course will be provided the end of July 2024. If you have any questions contact


Participants who complete the program and pass the course assessments earn:

A certificate as a Credentialing Specialist, and be awarded a digital badge to document this achievement.

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8 credits that can apply to the ICE-CCP eligibility or recertification


As a CAE Registered Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 8 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.



Designed for Certification Professionals

The comprehensive curriculum is 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. 

  • New to certification? This program provides a foundation of knowledge that can minimize the learning curve required of your new position. Recognition as a Credentialing Specialist will help you to build your resume and differentiate you among your peers.
  • Currently working in certification? This program will not only reinforce the fundamentals of certification, but also will help you acquire new skills. By supplementing your specialized knowledge, you will broaden your understanding of the certification program. Recognition as a Credentialing Specialist may help in your growth and promotion to manager or director.
  • Managing or directing a certification program? This program will not only reinforce the fundamentals of certification, but also will offer insights into maintaining and improving established programs or adding additional programs.  By supplementing your current knowledge, you will be empowered to guide critical decisions about your program. Recognition as a Credentialing Specialist may also enhance the credibility of your knowledge-base and skill-set in the industry.
  • Certification Consultant? This program will influence the strategies you use to conduct a proper needs analysis, realistically project a timeline for implementation, and develop a certification program. Recognition as a Credentialing specialist may also enhance the credibility of your knowledge-base and skill-set in the industry.

Quality Content

The program was developed by leading industry experts using sound instructional design principles. Course topics include:

  • Determining the need
  • Accreditation standards 
  • Program operational management
  • Policies and procedure
  • Psychometrics
  • Exam development
  • Governance
  • Legal issues

Read the FAQs below and download the Certificate Program Participant Handbook  to learn more.

Interactive, Online Format

Over a six-month period, program participants will work through 8 self-paced, online training modules. At the end of each module, participants will take an assessment to measure whether the lesson's learning objectives have been met.

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Program FAQs

What does it cost to enroll?

  I.C.E. Members Non-Members
Single Participant $1,250 $1,450
Second Participant $1,050 $1,250
Third, and Subsequent, Participants $850 $1,050

For those asking your employer to cover the cost of enrollment, I.C.E. has created a customizable communication for you. If we can help communicate the value of your participation in additional ways, please do not hesitate to contact us at


What is included in the cost?

  • Six-month access to 8 self-paced, online training modules. Each module includes:
    • Interactive e-learning features that group together materials in logical frameworks that promote learning and increase retention
    • Links to external resources for further reading, including textbooks, websites, white papers, position papers, and research reports
    • Set of downloadable guided notes
    • An end-of-module assessment to evaluate whether learning objectives have been met
  • Access to the online community of resources
  • One electronic copy of Certification: The I.C.E. Handbook 3rd Edition


When is the program offered?

There are two annual enrollment periods:

January 1 - January 31
July 1 - July 31

I.C.E. staff will grant participants' access to the program at the end of the enrollment period (last week of July, or last week of January)- at which point the six-month access period begins. Participants should make sure that is recognized as a safe-sender so that their access instructions/notifications do not filter to spam folders.


How long will it take me to complete each course?

Each module presentation is 45 minutes to 90 minutes in length; however, some participants report spending 2-3 hours per module if you complete the recommended activities or templates and take notes. Your progress will be saved as you work, so you may exit the course at any time to resume where you last stopped. 

The Program curriculum is sequential, and you must pass the "knowledge check," or assessment, at the end of each module to continue to the next one. If you do not pass, you may re-access all course material to review and test again.

What is awarded upon successful completion of the program?

Participants who complete the course and pass all assessments within the six-month time frame will earn a certificate as a Credentialing Specialist, and will be awarded a digital badge to document this achievement.