WEB14 Assessment-based Certificate Programs: Why They May Be Preferable to Certification


Join Brian Bontemp, PhD and Michelle Nolin, CPLP as they distinguish the unique purposes and goals of assessment-based certificate programs vs. certification programs. Identify the needs of your organization and your stakeholders to determine which program best suits your desired outcomes.

Learning Objectives
  • Define an assessment-based certificate program and recognize its unique purpose and goals
  • Distinguish assessment-based certificate programs from other certificates or attendance of participation
  • Describe the differences between certificate and certification programs
  • Analyze your organization's priorities to determine whether a certificate or a certification program would best meet your needs

Audience: All levels of credentialing professionals
Format: On-demand Webinar (c) 2014
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, including Q&A


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Brian Bontempo, PhD, Principal Consultant, Mountain Measurement, Inc.
Dr. Brian Bontempo has over 15 years of experience in licensure and certification, having played a leadership role in the design and development of many programs and now serving as a commissioner for the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Dr. Bontempo specializes in item response theory, computer-based testing, computerized-adaptive testing, item banking, large-scale testing, and certification. Before founding Mountain Measurement, Inc., Dr. Bontempo improved the practice of sound measurement serving as the Psychometrician for a variety of licensure and certification programs. He received his doctorate from the Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis program at the University of Chicago.

Michelle Nolin, CPLP, Senior Director of Strategy and Solutions, Informa Training Partners
Michelle is an ASTD-Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) with 20 years of experience in instructional design, medical writing, instructional/developmental editing, and directing the development of education, training, and communications programs for life science industry professionals, healthcare providers, and consumers/patients. She's experienced in a variety of media, including eLearning, mLearning, Web, print, audio, video, and classroom/workshops (virtual and live instructor-led training).