Pre-Conference Workshops

I.C.E. will host half-day workshops on Monday, October 17.

Diversity and Inclusion throughout the Test Development Lifecycle and Candidate Journey

Monday, October 17, 8:00 - 11:00 am ET

Speakers: Josh Bowers and Beth Kalinowski, MBA, SPHR, AMA-CPM, ICE-CCP, PSI Services; Keisha Davidson, MBA,  Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center; Ibi Layi-Ojo, ICE-CCP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.; John McGregor, SPHR, SPHRi, GPHR, HRCI; Sue Orchard, BSc, MCIoL, Comms Multilingual Ltd

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are designed to reduce bias and create equal opportunities, whether it be in the workplace, government entities, or even your credential program. In the testing world, there are many areas where DEI can play a critical role in the fairness of exams.

This workshop is designed to help organization be more thoughtful in their approach to DEI activities.

Walk through elements of the test development cycle to uncover opportunities to create greater equity in exam creation including:

  • Subject matter expert selection
  • item writing guidelines
  • item review processes
  • language or localization requirements
  • post administration analyses

Discuss the candidate journey and learn ways to be inclusive when thinking about test access, including:

  • registration restrictions
  • eligibility requirements
  • fees
  • review of modalities
  • accommodations

Learn about marketing initiatives that helped some organizations become more inclusive.  Leave prepared to craft policies to reduce bias and create greater fairness in their credentialing process.

Level: Intermediate


ICE-CCP Overview: How to Prepare for Success
Monday, October 17, 8:00 - 11:00 am ET

Speakers: Cynthia Allen and Janice Moore, SeaCrest; Amin Saiar, PhD, Board of Pharmacy Specialties; Mary Browne, MA

Considering or already planning to earn your ICE-CCP, but want to learn more about what is involved? Attend this half-day pre-conference workshop to learn more about the content areas covered in the exam, and ask your questions of the speakers and your fellow attendees. Learn who the exam is designed for, and tips for preparing to sit for the exam.  Attendees will leave with a better idea of how they can prepare themselves, and connections with those considering or pursuing their same professional journey. Individuals interested in continuing the conversation with their peers are welcome to stay after and continue their prep journey together.

I.C.E. encourages attendees to consider the I.C.E. Handbook as an optional resource for preparation.


Simplifying Security: Deciphering Data Forensics into Accessible Actions

Monday, October 17, 8:00 - 11:00 am ET

Speakers: Lisa O'Leary, PhD and Corina Owens, PhD, Alpine Testing Solutions

Exam security is a constant concern for credentialing organizations. Still, there is often a disconnect between a desire to prevent, detect, and mitigate security threats and the ability to translate that desire into practice.

 During this workshop, two psychometricians will simplify those often-complex security analyses and provide concrete examples that will allow you to return to your credentialing organizations with a solid understanding of advanced security analyses in a way that is both practical and conceptually easy to understand and explain. They will discuss how to utilize data forensics to detect item pre-knowledge, collusion among test takers, cheating aids, proxy testing, and record hacking. This workshop will help you gain a better understanding of why a comprehensive approach to security should go beyond simple detection of security threats by focusing on prevention, detection, mitigation, and enforcement.   

Start the day with an accessible introduction to the importance of a comprehensive security solution that is timely, actionable, and grounded in psychometric theory and practice. Then move in to:

  • defining what preventative actions can be taken to deter anomalous testing behavior,
  • defining what data forensic and statistical analyses could be run to address your testing programs unique needs (and how to interpret those findings in a useful way),
  • providing guidance on defensible enforcement actions, and
  • recommending mitigation strategies to implement at the exam and program level to decrease security issues in the future.

At the end of the workshop you will leave with increased knowledge and tools to support timely, interpretable, understandable, and actionable steps that can be implemented at their own organizations.

Level: Intermediate



Globalizing Certification: A Deep Dive into Market Analysis, Funding, Content Adaptation, Validity, Translation, Security, Pricing, & Business Success

Monday, October 17, 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Speakers: Chris Beauchamp, PhD, Meazure Learning; John McGregor, SPHR, SPHRi, GPHR, HRCI; J David M. Rozsa, ICE-CCP, FASAE, CAE, ACA, Metacred/European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care

Attend this workshop for a deep dive in to international credentialing. Based of research performed by the I.C.E. International Task Force and real-world experience of credentialing programs that successfully went international or global,  the presenters will guide participants through a highly engaging exploration of the following topics:

  • Measuring demand and volume potential
  • Language translation and equating of exam content
  • Localization of content
  • Localization of standards for specific use cases
  • Exam security
  • Regulatory authority support, approval, and requirement of the credential
  • Pricing localization

The presenters will facilitate discussion on success stories and lessons learned to help identify best practices from which each of our organizations can benefit.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced



Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies and Procedures into Examination Development and Delivery

Monday, October 17, 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Presenters: Lavina Harless,MSW, LCSW,  Association of Social Work Boards; Shelly McDowell-Porter, PhD, HumRRO; Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB, CAE, NCARB

As society continues a discourse regarding racial reckoning, certification and licensure programs are being judged more directly in terms of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. As credentialing programs, we implement countless policies and procedures across all aspects of our programs from organizational governance to program eligibility and from passing standards to the maintenance of certification.

It is time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and peel back the layers of your credential’s policies and procedures to evaluate and address the disparate impact certification and licensure policies and procedures can have on a candidate population.

This workshop will lead certification professionals through steps to evaluate their credentials from the lens of DEI&A and challenge you to get specific about what you can do.

Learn from the efforts of two licensing organizations that have begun their journey to ensure fairness in their profession’s credentials. Find out what mistakes to avoid and how to position your organization to address the challenges ahead. Hands-on exercises will allow you to challenge your own program’s practices and allow you to practice how to communicate what you have and are planning on doing related to DEI&A.

Level: Advanced



Testing Bootcamp 101:  A Testing Workshop

Monday, October 17, 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Presenters: Kelly Early, JD, Examining Solutions LLC; Isabelle Gontheir, PhD, ICE-CCP,  PSI Services; Donna McPartland, JD, FIP, CIPM, CIPP/US, McPartland Privacy Advising; Rachel Schoenig, JD, Cornerstone Strategies, LLC

If you’re new(ish) to testing or a new role in your organization, this is the session for you! Join seasoned professionals as they take you through an engaging, hands-on session that will give you a firm foundation for understanding the broader business of testing.

During the workshop, the presenters will break testing down to the basics. Attendees will work on some of the critical “must know” concepts that will position you to better understand the business of testing. Understand the difference between a CAT and a LOFT, why test taker agreements are so important, how to think about exam security and privacy, and what psychometricians really do. The presenters will also share some of the trends in the industry and emerging technologies to keep an eye on – from AI to AIG and beyond. 

Level: Introductory