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ICE created the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)  in 1987. 

The NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were created in the mid-1970s, were the first standards developed by the credentialing industry for professional certification programs. The NCCA Standards were developed to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. They highlight the essential elements of a high-quality program.

The NCCA standards are consistent with The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing  (AERA, APA, & NCME, 1999) and are applicable to all professions and industries. NCCA accredited programs certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations including nurses, automotive professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, emergency technicians, crane operators and more. To date, NCCA has accredited over 330 programs from more than 130 organizations.

Accreditation for professional or personnel certification programs provides impartial, third-party validation that your program has met recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs.

NCCA's Vision & Mission

The NCCA will be an administratively independent resource recognized as the authority on accreditation standards for professional certification programs. Based on sound principles, NCCA standards will be optimal and comprehensive criteria for organizational process and performance. They will be broadly recognized, objective, and current benchmarks for certifying bodies to achieve and by which they operate. The NCCA helps to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of individual certification programs that assess professional competency. The NCCA uses a peer review process to:

  • Establish accreditation standards;
  • Evaluate compliance with these standards;
  • Recognize programs that demonstrate compliance;
  • Monitor and enforce continued compliance; and,
  • Serve as a resource on quality certification.

2017 NCCA Commission

Chair

William Ellis, RPh, MS
(term expires 11/2017)
Executive Director
Board of Pharmacy Specialties

Board Appointee

Michael Clark, CAE
(term expires 11/2018)
Chief Operating Executive
National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies

Vice Chair

Isabelle Gonthier, PhD
(term expires 11/2018)
Director, Examinations
Financial Planning Standards Council

NCCA Appointee

Andrew C. Dwyer, PhD
(term expires 11/2017)
Director of Psychometrics
American Board of Pediatrics

Elected Commissioner

Katherine Church, RDN
(term expires 11/2019)
Executive Director
Certifying Board for Dietary Managers

NCCA Appointee

Joy Lynn Matthews-Lopez, PhD
(term expires 11/2018)
Senior Psychometrician
Professional Testing, Inc.

Elected Commissioner

Lindsey Durham
(term expires 11/2019)
Chief Financial Officer
National Registry Of Emergency Medical Technicians

NCCA Appointee

Amin Saiar, PhD
(term expires 11/2018)
Senior Psychometrician
PSI Services LLC

Elected Commissioner

Todd Galati, MA
(term expires 11/2018)
Director of Credentialing
American Council on Exercise

NCCA Appointee

Linda Waters, PhD
(term expires 11/2017)
Vice President, Strategic Portfolio
Prometric

Elected Commissioner

Sara Blair Lake, J.D., CAE
(term expires 11/2017)
Executive Director
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners 

Public Member

Mary F. Macomber, Esq., BA, JD
Retired General Counsel
(term expires 11/2017)

Public Member

Zerrin Sayar
Consultant

(term expires 11/2018)