This document reports best practices in professional certification as identified by consensus through a systematic investigation, related only to activities that are relatively specific to the development, administration, and maintenance of professional certification programs.
This publication summarizes current principles related to performance examinations and accepted methods for their development, validation, and use. It is an update to Guidelines for Non-Written Examinations, published by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) in January 1991.
In 2010 ICE conducted a large scale job analysis, the first in the field, to identify the responsibilities and duties of the credentialing professional. The study consists of the following major phases, which provide the organization of this report: 1) Initial Development and Validation 2) Pilot Study 3) Validation Study, and, 4) Development of Specifications.
Jointly sponsored by ICE, the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, this research into the practices and requirements of renewal programs in professional licensure and certification began in late spring 2008 as an effort to supply a logical basis for such programs as they may be developed and refined. (c) 2009.
The Value of Certification Toolkit is designed to help certification program leaders assess the value of their programs without the hassle or expense of hiring a marketing firm or using valuable staff time to develop the surveys and conduct the research.
In early 2009, ICE leadership determined that the uncertain global economic conditions would be the theme for the 2009 Credentialing Leadership Forum. In preparation for the Forum, ICE surveyed credentialing organizations in order to gain a better understanding of what, if any impacts, the industry was dealing with due to the economic conditions and to also obtain information on what industry leaders believe were the top issues they were facing. This report summarizes the result of that survey.
The 2012 What the CFO Wants to Know is a follow-up report to the Certification Industry Operating Ratios and Benchmarking Statistics report published in 2009. In our newest report, gain insight into the average revenue, expenses, and operations of certification programs.
In early 2011, ICE’s Research and Development Committee convened a Task Force on Ethics to review the ethics processes and documentation for certification programs with the goal of determining whether commonalities exist in practices in this area. After reviewing the codes of ethics or professional conduct for selected certification programs with National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and/or American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation, the Task Force drafted a survey. This report detailing the survey's findings was published by the committee in 2012. 29 pages.
Methods for Ensuring Continuing Competence, Part 1, provides a comprehensive discussion regarding the definitions and constructs of competence and typical continuing competence activities. The report also explores methods for measuring and promoting continuing competence within a certification program.
During fall 2012, the Management Practices Subcommittee of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Research and Development (R&D) Committee conducted a survey to learn more about the practice of managing a certification organization. The survey was designed to determine how management of certification organizations might differ from membership-based associations and other kinds of organizations. The Management Practices Survey Report reveals the backgroud, methodology, and objectives of the survey and reports the outcomes and observations.
ICE's Research & Development (R&D) committee noted the limited guidance and resources available on how to set eligibility requirements. To meet this need, the committee conducted interviews with existing certification programs, completed a thorough review of the topic, and produced the Eligibility Requirements Report. The report provides a glimpse of industry perspectives and best practices, alongside a review of the policies in place for determining credential eligibility and the methods for setting and changing these requirements.
Methods for Ensuring Continuing Competence, Part 2 builds on the concepts behind continuing competence programs and the elements of a robust program. Through use of the existing literature, additional content on guidelines for program implementation and outcomes assessment is being added, along with tools to aid new programs.
This 2015 report benchmarks the same metrics as in previous years; however, it also addresses new topics, such as marketing strategies and the use of virtual versus in-person approaches to performing test-related activities. The report is based on data collected from 66 organizations in Canada and the United States. It details the general demographics of the respondents, including staff size, geographic scope of programs, and the number of programs offered.
This bundled package includes the following ICE R&D reports: 2009 Release: Certification Industry Operating Ratios and Benchmarking Statistics 2012 Release: What Your CFO Wants to Know: Results of the 2011 Business of Certification Survey 2015 Release: What Your CFO Wants to Know: Results of the 2014 Business of Certification Survey
Whether you are looking to select, build, or revise your continuing competence program, ICE has gathered suggested assessment measures in this Process Framework document for organizations that wish to explore the relevance of their continuing competence programs to the credibility of their certification credential.
The intent of this publication is to provide the credentialing community with information about the emerging trend of digital badging. ICE's Research & Development (R&D) Committee uses this report to define relevant and related terms, describe how digital badges are currently being used, discuss their potential use, and pose some research questions and considerations.
For Members Only. This free Executive Summary provides an overview of the method used to conduct the 2015 Certification Industry Compensation and Benesifts Survey, identifies general profiles of the responding organizations, lists the type of data categories reported for each position, and provides a few highlights of the data in the report.
The Measuring Non-cognitive Competence Report Task Force was assembled to inform the ICE community on the topic of noncognitive assessment and its relevance to professional credentialing. To this end, this questions and answers document is provided to serve as an initial introduction and to provide references for those interested in a deeper dive into the underlying literature.