Common Pitfalls in Applying for NCCA Accreditation

On-demand Webcast


Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, American Association of Medical Assistants
James Fidler, PhD, American Medical Technologists (AMT)
Todd Galati, American Council on Exercise (ACE)


In January 2016, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) implemented revised Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, providing the credentialing industry with updated Standards for sound practice in the development, implementation, and governance of professional certification programs. While these revised Standards provide clarity on key certification practices, they also bring with them new challenges for programs preparing applications for initial or continuing NCCA Accreditation.

This webinar will highlight common pitfalls faced by certification organizations seeking NCCA Accreditation, the Standards that pertain to these common problem areas, and suggestions for organizations to come into compliance and avoid these problems. If your organization is considering applying for initial or continuing NCCA accreditation, you will not want to miss this enlightening webinar.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • identify the most frequent problem areas with NCCA applications;
  • determine whether their programs have one or more of these problem areas;
  • delineate the ways in which their programs can be brought into compliance with the revised NCCA Standards.

$90 Members | $135 Non-members


About the Presenter


Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, has served as the executive director and house counsel of the American Association of Medical Assistants in Chicago since 1990. Previously, he served as a staff attorney for the American Dental Assistants Association. Balasa received both his baccalaureate and law degrees from Northwestern University, and he obtained his MBA in economics from the University of Chicago. He earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 1985. He has served on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies from 2007 to 2013, and as chair from 2010 to 2013.


James Fidler is Director of Testing and Competency Assurance at American Medical Technologists in Rosemont, Illinois.  As a methodologist, his areas of concentration include psychometrics, professional certification, research design, data analysis, and applications of Rasch measurement methodology.  He received his doctorate from Loyola University Chicago.  James has prepared five reaccreditation applications for AMT and is currently working on a sixth application, which invokes the recently-revised NCCA accreditation standards.


Todd Galati is the Senior Director of Science and Research for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). In this role he oversees the Science and Research, Community Investment and Engagement, and Resource Center Departments, and represents ACE on various health, fitness, and certification expert committees, including his current role as an Administrative Commissioner on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and positions on the Medical Fitness Association Certification Committee, Clinician-Community Integration for Wellbeing Advisory Team, and ACE Scientific Advisory Panel. In his previous role at ACE, Galati served as the Director of Credentialing leading all aspects of the Credentialing and Exam Registration Departments, including complete oversight for ACE’s four NCCA Accredited certification programs for fitness professionals and health coaches.