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Ensuring Impartial Assessment in Recertification

May 19, 2017  | Published by  | Leave a comment

At the recent Mid-Term International Accreditation Forum – International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (IAF-ILAC) meeting, a forum where accreditation bodies around... View Article

Microcredentials: Insights from Several Organizations

October 19, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

  During the recent E-ATP conference, Dr. Reed Castle and I had the opportunity to talk with participants about their... View Article

Know Your Certification Program’s Risks and Vulnerabilities

September 14, 2016  | Published by  | 2 Comments

It all starts so innocently.  You want to develop a certification program to do something good—elevate the status of your... View Article

Why Certification?

August 17, 2016  | Published by  | 2 Comments

This is a question we ask many organizations seeking to develop a certification program. It’s not that we want to... View Article

How A Threat Analysis Can Help Safeguard Impartiality

May 18, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

For certification bodies (CBs) accredited to, or working toward, International Standard ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity assessment—General requirements for bodies operating certification... View Article

Finding the Right Consultant for Accreditation

March 23, 2016  | Published by  | 2 Comments

Certification bodies (CBs) seek third-party accreditation[i] for various reasons, among them: evidence that the CB is meeting an independent third-party... View Article

Good News about Third-Party Owned Personnel Schemes

February 25, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

Here is some good news. Recently the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced its approval of four Better Buildings Workforce... View Article

Debunking a Few Myths About Certification

February 4, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

“Many people take offense when the narratives they believe to be true are called myths,” Wikipedia explains. “This usage is... View Article

Are Micro-Credentials Right for Your Organization?

September 23, 2015  | Published by  | Leave a comment

With the release of the micro-credential white paper “Micro-Credentials: Preparing a Skilled Workforce in Real Time,” which you can download here, we are bringing you a series of excerpts from the paper that we think are important to highlight.

Calculating Your Investment Now and in the Future

July 8, 2015  | Published by  | 1 Comment

In a recent Internet search, I came across Professional Certifications: Can we Avoid Them? by Uganda-based consultant, Michael Niyitegeka. In this article, he suggests that in the wake of education commoditization, education qualifications have become “tradable goods,” forcing employers to find alternative avenues to gauge one’s competency above and beyond academic qualifications.  While we might share a different view about education, the point that certification plays a role in qualifying people for employment or takes over where education leaves off is worth examining and assigning a value to.