Engaging Your Board in the NCCA Accreditation Process 

Executive Director, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners 

Isabelle Gonthier, PhD
Financial Planning Standards Council

On-demand Webcast


Is your certification program currently NCCA accredited? This presentation will help you guide your Board to evaluate your certification program in light of the standards.

Is your organization considering NCCA accreditation of an existing certification program? This webinar will help you to assist your volunteer leadership to identify potential issues vis-à-vis the Standards. 

Is your Board considering starting a new program and do you want to assist the organization to build it with the new standards in mind? This webinar will help to alert you to some relevant considerations.

This webinar will help you engage in these strategic discussions with your Board and relevant committees regarding key changes to the NCCA Standards (effective January 2016). Ideas to help you plan your process, irrespective of stage of development, and to keep the NCCA standards at the top of the list of your volunteer leadership’s key priorities will also be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify some key features of the NCCA Standards
  • Facilitate discussions with boards and other volunteer leaders regarding the NCCA standards and potential applications to existing certification programs or those in development
  • Assist volunteer leaders to appreciate the importance of NCCA Standards to establishing and maintaining quality certification programs

$90 Members | $135 Non-members


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Sara Blair Lake, J.D., CAE, has served as the chief staff executive for certification organizations for the past seventeen years. Currently she is the Executive Director of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Exmainers (IBLCE), a global certification organization with over twenty-seven thousand certificants in 101 countries. The IBLCE certification program, the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), has held NCCA accreditation continously for close to thirty years and was one of the first certification programs to earn the accreditation.

Sara currently serves as a new Commissioner for the NCCA and is also an active volunteer with the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, having served as both a chair for the Program Committee of the ICE Exchange (2014) as well as Chair of the ICE Fundraising Committee. Several years ago, she served as chair of her own certification program, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) program of the American Society of Association Executives. In that capacity, Sara worked with a team including other volunteer leaders and staff to secure initial NCCA accreditation of the CAE program. 


Isabelle Gonthier has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Ottawa and has been providing her expertise in Assessment and Testing and Measurement for 15 years. Dr. Gonthier is the Vice President, Certification with the Financial Planning Standards Council in Canada, as well as the Director of Examinations with CFP Board in the US, overseeing the CFP examination programs in both countries.  Throughout her career, Dr. Gonthier has managed the development and administration of large-scale HR and testing and measurement projects that involve certification, licensing, skills recognition, career planning, work definition, identification of competencies / skills, etc. Dr. Gonthier is the vice-chair on the NCCA Commission and serves as a psychometric reviewer.