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Who Accredits the Accreditor?

April 20, 2017  | Published by  | 1 Comment

Who accredits the accreditor? I was just recently asked this question.  To answer this question, we must go back and... View Article

What is a Psychometrician?

January 25, 2017  | Published by  | Leave a comment

A psychometrician is a professional who practices the science of measurement, or psychometrics.  Psychometrics is the field of science associated... View Article

ISO/IEC 17024 Implementation Around the World

October 6, 2016  | Published by  | 2 Comments

ISO/IEC 17024: Conformity Assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons was originally published by the International Organization... View Article

First, Second and Third Party: What Does it Mean in Certification of Persons?

September 28, 2016  | Published by  | 4 Comments

ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons is a standard designed to be used... View Article

Webinar Recap – Behind the Schemes: Understanding ISO/IEC 17024, Clause 8

June 9, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

Professional Testing conducted a webinar “Behind the Schemes:  Understanding ISO/IEC 17024, Clause 8” on July 7, 2016.  The purpose of... View Article

CLEAR’s Journal: How Licensing Boards Rely on Accredited Certification Programs

March 3, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

This month’s Issue of CLEAR’s Journal addresses how licensing boards can rely on accredited certification programs By Cynthia D. Woodley, Ed.... View Article

International Standards Organizations: Defining ISO

February 10, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

Professional certification bodies can do more than demonstrate conformity to international standards for the certification of persons. They can get... View Article

What is “Certification?”

October 21, 2015  | Published by  | Leave a comment

While conducting research for a journal article, I came across this definition of “certification”:

“Certification refers to the confirmation of certain characteristics of an object, person or organization.  This confirmation is often, but not always, provided by some form of external review, education, assessment or audit.  Accreditation is a specific organization’s process of certification” (Wikipedia). 

ISO, ANSI, IAF – Standards Soup. Making Sense out of a Bunch of Acronyms

July 15, 2015  | Published by  | Leave a comment

There has been a lot of buzz about ISO/IEC 17024: 2012 – Conformity Assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.  With so many acronyms associated with this standard (ISO, IEC, ANSI, IAF, etc.) it is easy to get confused about who owns this standard and who accredits against it.   We will explore specifics of the standard itself in another post.  The purpose of this post is to help explain the various bodies associated with ISO 17024.

Careful Selection of Subject Matter Experts is the Key to a Successful JTA Meeting

April 29, 2015  | Published by  | Leave a comment

A job/task analysis is (JTA) is a very close look at a job, portion of a job, or concept job in order to identify the tasks and associated knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) required to competently perform the job.  A JTA is the foundation for the development of a certification program or a certificate program.  Only after the KSAs have been identified can a certification body or educational program determine how to measure competence of the KSAs or how to teach the KSAs.  There are multiple methods for conducting a JTA including using focus groups, structured interviews, job shadowing and observations, and surveying practitioners.  When conducting a JTA as the basis for a certification program, the method used is not as important as making sure the right subject-matter-experts (SMEs) participate in the process.