RSRCH20 Criminal Justice Research Study

In June 2019, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) initiated a research project to explore how private certification organizations use information about an individual’s criminal history in making credentialing decisions.

The project was initiated due to an increase in legislative initiatives across the states seeking to limit the ability of state professional and occupational licensing agencies to consider a candidate’s criminal history in making licensing decisions or to require individualized review of criminal conviction history, rather than categorical disqualification. These proposed reforms stem from efforts in many states to make it easier for former offenders to reenter the workforce after they have completed the course of correction imposed by the court.

ICE has been working with the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC), a group formed to monitor and respond to legislation affecting private certification organizations. The PCC supports voluntary self-regulations by private certification organizations and adoption of eligibility and conduct standards that are appropriate to scope and significance of the organization’s certification.  The PCC is also concerned that some legislative efforts have also expressly sought to restrict the right of private certification organizations to define and enforce their own eligibility standards and conduct rules.  In order to provide informed guidance to the certification community on current practices and recommendations on how to improve those practices, ICE undertook this project.

Download the table of contents
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 37

Task Force Members

  • Co-chair: Carla Caro, MA, ACT
  • Co-chair: Nicole Risk, PhD, American Medical Technologists
  • Matthew Ferris, MA, MBA, ELS, NBCRNA
  • Shannon Fleming, MA, ATC, Board of Certification
  • Katherine Landsberg, Dental Assisting National Board


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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.