NCCA Std. 3: Can Certification and Education Exist Together in terms of Autonomy and Impartiality?
Track: Business of Certification
Compliance with NCCA Standards requires a separation between certification and any education or training function having to do with exam preparation. To avoid conflicts of interest and protect the integrity of the certification program, autonomy and impartiality between these two needs to be maintained.
This session will address those NCCS standards dealing with this issue, concentrating primarily on Standard 3 – Education, Training and Certification. To a lessor extent, peripheral discussions will also address Standards 2, 11 and 12 and how they pertain to this issue. Details of the standards and the author’s interpretation of Standard 3 and its Essential Elements will be discussed, from two unique perspectives: As a previous submitter of certification applications to NCCA for accreditation and as a reviewer of applications as a former NCCA Commissioner.
Standard 3 will be discussed in relation to, 1) the types of exam review materials a certifying organization can offer, 2) the ways exam review materials can be marketed, 3) the separation that must exist for subject matter experts (SME) and non-SME certification organization staff between the certification exam and the exam review materials, and finally, 4) the roles that faculty from an educational program leading to certification eligibility should play in the live certification exam development process.