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Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs
In January 2007, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Board of Directors established a Certificate Task Force to identify characteristics of quality certification and assessment-based certificate programs and outline the distinguishing features of each. This defining features document served as the basis for ICE 1100 - Standard for Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. © 2008 ICE

The ICE Basic Guide to Credentialing Terminology

This 2006 useful guide combines the glossary from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs and The ICE Guide to Understanding Credentialing Concepts. The intent of this document is to clarify terms that are used in relation to programs that grant formal recognition to individuals or entities during the credentialing process. (c) 2006 ICE

The ICE Guide to Understanding Credentialing Concepts

Despite the widespread use of professional designations, credentialing terms are often misused and general concepts often misunderstood. ICE developed The ICE Guide to Understanding Credentialing Concepts (2005) to assist its stakeholders, including legislators, educators, employers, credentialing agencies, professionals and the public, in understanding and correctly using credentialing terms and concepts. (c) 2005 ICE