SeaCrest is a strategic partner to organizations seeking certification program accreditation. Leveraging experience gained working with more than 190 programs, SeaCrest conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the program against the selected standard, recommends corrective actions, and prepares the application. Accreditation services encompass initial or renewal accreditation for professional certification programs from the American Board of Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)/International Accreditation Service (IAS), and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
SeaCrest conducts a complete review to determine a program’s readiness to apply for accreditation. This process includes a detailed investigation and analysis of the current level of compliance with each standard, standards interpretation guidance, and recommendations for improvements and/or changes needed to achieve a positive accreditation decision.
The needs assessment process also provides a valuable and unbiased program review, strengthens understanding of the accreditation standards, and provides a clear roadmap for accreditation preparation.
SeaCrest provides recommendations and partners with organizations to implement the necessary changes and prepare for accreditation. Changes may include: governance structure, preparing/revising policy and procedure documents, candidate handbook revision, and changes in exam development or administration. Our team partners with staff or leads the implementation process. Implementing corrective actions ensures that program documentation is complete, up-to-date, accurate, and compliant with the standards.
Guidance through the accreditation application process includes: managing the project timeline; completion of the application form; gathering required documentation; and organizing, formatting, and submitting all application materials. Engaging SeaCrest saves valuable staff time and gives you access to our team’s experience and understanding of how the standards are applied and interpreted. Leveraging this experience helps to ensure that the application is complete, well organized, and fully addresses all elements of the standards to minimize reviewer inquiries and delays in the application review process.
SeaCrest’s in-depth review of a program’s accreditation application(s) identifies areas that need to be addressed in both the application narrative and exhibit materials before the application is submitted to the accrediting body. Completing an objective review prior to submission ensures that application content is clear and fully addresses all components of the standards to minimize reviewer inquiries and delays in the application review process.
Read an article in ICE Digest about one of our clients, CSCCa, and their journey to becoming an NCCA Accredited program.