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Credentialing Notes is a monthly email compiled from news articles, press releases, research, blogs, and legislative monitoring. We review hundreds of articles on certification, credentialing and accreditation to bring the most relevant and interesting news to you each month. Click here to subscribe to Credentialing Notes. To change your current subscription information, send an email to info@seacrestcompany.com.

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Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance - NOCA)

Established in 1977, ICE is the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations. Through its annual conference, regional seminars, and publications, ICE serves its membership as a clearinghouse for information on the latest trends and issues of concern to practitioners and organizations focused on certification, licensure, and human resource development. ICE offers accreditation for certification and certificate programs thorugh its accreditation activities.

National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Certification programs may apply and be accredited by the NCCA if they demonstrate compliance with each accreditation standard. NCCA's Standards exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) currently administers two accreditation programs for personnel certification agencies. The first accreditation program is based on the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 and the second is based on The Conference for Food Protection Accreditation Standards for certification agencies that certify food protection managers.

American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS)

ABNS is the membership association for the specialty nursing certification industry. The membership is comprised of more than 25 specialty nursing certification organizations that represent more than 500,000 certified nurses.

American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC)

The ABSNC is the accrediting body of the American Board of Nursing Specialties and it is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification.  ABSNC advocates for consumer protection by establishing and maintaining standards for professional specialty nursing certification.

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR)

CLEAR is the premier international resource for professional regulation stakeholders. CLEAR was conceived more than 25 years ago as a resource for any entity or individual involved in the licensure, non-voluntary certification or registration of the hundreds of regulated occupations and professions.

International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET)

IACET is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET authorizes education providers that meet strict continuing education guidelines created in 1968.

Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC)

The CAC, Washington, DC, provides training, research, conferences and networking for health care institutions’ public members and consumer representatives. These institutions include professional licensing boards, Quality Improvement Organizations, certifying agencies, and other health care oversight bodies.

Association of Test Publishers (ATP)

Established in 1992, The Association of Test Publishers is a non-profit organization representing providers of tests and assessment tools and/or services related to education, employment, certification/licensing or clinical uses.

Performance Testing Council (PTC)

The Performance Testing Council (PTC) is a non-profit consortium dedicated to innovation in the design, development, and delivery of performance testing.

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

ASAE, known as the association of associations, is considered the advocate for the nonprofit sector. The society is dedicated to advancing the value of voluntary associations to society and supporting the professionalism of the individuals who lead them.

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)

NCME is a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement. Members are involved in the construction and use of standardized tests; new forms of assessment, including performance-based assessment; program design; and program evaluation.

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.


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