Renewal Programs in Professional Certification and Licensure Study

Beginning in 2008, the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), the organization that became ICE, charged the Task Force on Recertification with conducting a benchmark survey for the purpose of identifying current practices and trends affecting the renewal of professional licenses and certifications. In 2017, the ICE R&D Committee was tasked with conducting a benchmarking study focused on recertification and renewal practices. The 2008 publication Practices and Requirements of Renewal Programs in Professional Licensure and Certification would serve as the baseline study. The purpose of the study was to collect data from credentialing organizations sponsoring licensure and certification programs regarding their policies and practices related to recertification and licensure renewal and to explore variances in policies and practices relative to 2008.

This study assessed the practices, components, costs, and other variables of credentialing organizations related to recertification and renewal practices and included the following scope of work:

  • Information or resources: A gathering of task force members to discuss and identify information and resources for review and consideration.
  • Benchmark survey: A large-scale survey of credentialing organizations.
  • Data analysis: The development of the Renewal Programs in Professional Certification and Licensure report by the R&D Committee based on the results of the benchmark survey.

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Copyright: 2020
Pages: 50

Task Force Members

  • Matthew Ferris, MA, MBA, ELS, National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists

  • Peg Harrison, MS, CPNP, CAE, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board 
  • Patricia Muenzen, PhD, ACT
  • Lisa Nepi, EdM, SeaCrest Consulting


This study is $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Download your copy today!

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Disclaimer: The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) is the professional organization that provides education, networking, research, and other resources for credentialing professionals. ICE’s research may include evaluation of emerging practices in the credentialing community, coverage of practices that credentialing organizations have undertaken in response to challenging situations, or promotion of exemplary best practices. Every product of the R&D committee represents the consensus judgment of the individuals on the respective task force and is reviewed by the committee as a whole. ICE’s research products are not necessarily intended to be a guide for obtaining accreditation or for complying with the Standards offered through ICE: the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, the ISO/IEC 17024: Conformity assessment programs, or the ICE 1100 Standard for Assessment-based Certificate Programs.

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