Institute for Credentialing Excellence

Professional Certification Coalition

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About the PCC

The Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) advances the best interests of those who use or rely on professional certification—such as employers, reimbursers and the general public—as well as of individual professionals themselves who achieve professional certification status. 

Formed in 2018, PCC is a joint initiative between I.C.E. and the American Society of Association Executives and supported by the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. 


 2022-2023 Accomplishments and Prospectus 

State Legislation

The PCC monitors state legislation that could impact the functions of a certification body which have most often fallen into these categories:

  • Occupational Licensing Reform
  • Governmental versus Private Certification
  • Consumer Choice Acts (or Right to Earn a Living Acts)
  • Criminal Conviction Re-entry Legislation
  • Licensure Reciprocity

Federal Legislation

The PCC is involved in several pieces of federal legislation including:

  • Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act (HR 1477/S. 722). Introduced by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) this legislation, would permit 529 savings plans to be used to cover costs associated with workforce training and obtaining or maintaining postsecondary credentials, including professional certifications. The legislation has received bi-partisan support of 44 House co-sponsors and 8 in the Senate. The issue even gained attention in an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch.  ASAE has also created a coalition called Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition to directly impact this specific legislation. With over 500 organizations joining forces, this coalition is sure to have a positive impact. There is no cost to join. To sign up, go to ASAE’s sign-up form here.

Get Involved

 Any organization or company involved in professional certification is urged to learn more about the Professional Certification Coalition and to consider joining its efforts.  The PCC hosts monthly strategy calls where the specifics on monitored bills are discussed.

Thank you to the I.C.E. members who have supported this important initiative.

I.C.E. Sustaining Members

  • Heuristic Solutions

  • Pearson Vue

  • PSI Services

  • SeaCrest Consulting

I.C.E. Organizational Members:

  • ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing & Accreditation (ABRET)
  • ABSA International; The Association for Biosafety and Biosecuirty (ABSA)
  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)
  • American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABCOP)
  • American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS)
  • American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • PayrollOrg
  • American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASAE)
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE)
  • Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)
  • Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
  • Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)
  • Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI)
  • Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE)
  • Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)
  • Certification Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
  • Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board)
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive International (CFRE)
  • CertiProf, LLC
  • Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)
  • Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC)
  • Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
  • Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB)
  • Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HPSA) (f/k/a International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM))
  • Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC)
  • Human Resource Certification Institute, Inc. (HRCI)
  • Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHHM)
  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2)
  • Investments & Wealth Institute (IWI)
  • Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)
  • National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE)
  • National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
  • National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS)
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
  • National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • National Certification Corporation (NCC)
  • National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
  • National Restaurant Association (NRA)
  • Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC)
  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
  • Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)
  • School Nutrition Association (SNA)
  • Security Industry Association (SIA)
  • Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB) c/o National Association of Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA)


If you have any questions about this effort, please reach out to Denise Roosendaal, I.C.E. Executive Director, at

To obtain general information about the Professional Certification Coalition or to join, please contact or visit the coalition webpage.