Pre-Conference Workshops

Full-day Workshop

Psychometrics & Test Development Workshop

Monday, November 18 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm PT

Presenters: Isabelle Gonthier, PhD and Chris Beauchamp, PhD, Yardstick Assessment Strategies

Testing, measurement and psychometric principles can strike fear into the heart of many credentialing professionals. And yet, a solid understanding of these concepts is essential to communicate and ensure the value of a credential to the organization, the candidate and the public.

To help credentialing organizations and leaders learn these essential principles and how they align with standards, we are pleased to provide this one-day workshop on the fundamentals of psychometrics and the assessment life cycle. The workshop will provide the opportunity to participate in a practical and interactive learning session with experienced Yardstick Assessment Strategies (YAS) Psychometricians while networking with your peers.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have a new level of understanding, and a new comfort level with test development and psychometric principles that they can apply immediately, in addition to a better understanding of how these apply in the context of the NCCA Standards.

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Half-Day Workshops

The Latest Evolution of Continuing Competence in the Health Professions

Monday, November 18 | 8:30 am - 12:00 pm PT

Presenters:  Sarah Carroll, PhD, and Shaun Conway, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.; Andrew Callahan Dwyer; American Board of Pediatrics; Tom Granatir, American Board of Medical Specialties; Samuel Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, Board of Pharmacy Specialties; Karen Plaus, Ph.D., CRNA, FAAN, CAE, National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists; Jan Robinson, College of Veterinarians Of Ontario; Denise Roosendaal, CAE, Institute for Credentialing Excellence; David Swankin, Citizen Advocacy Center

In the certification, licensure and credentialing landscape, new developments and innovations in the recertification, revalidation and renewal areas are occurring with exceeding rapidity. Practitioner involvement and feedback in these areas has been enthusiastic and at times vociferous, and it is clear that they are especially interested in the benefits and costs of processes designed to enhance and document their continuing competence.

At this interactive workshop, participants will learn about several newer, evidence-supported ways to recertify or renew the credentials of practitioners. Presenters will also share their real-world experiences in developing, piloting and implementing programs. Attendees will leave learning the latest in article-based testing, longitudinal assessment, peer-assessment, test-enhanced learning, professional development provider accreditation approaches, assessment-based learning, gamification and virtual practice simulators. 

All registrants for the workshop will be provided with a complimentary copy of the Proceedings on the International Summit on Continuing Competence.


Accommodations for High-Stakes Testing: Legal, Operational, and Practical Considerations

Monday, November 18 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

Presenters: Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, American Association of Medical Assistants; Heather Case, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, CAE , International Council for Veterinary Assessment;  John A Hosterman, PhD, Paradigm Testing; Hilary Wilson, Inteleos

This half-day workshop will present a comprehensive review of the issues and challenges of reviewing requests for testing accommodations for high-stakes testing. Through actual case examples, the presenters will illustrate key points, and provide opportunities for attendees to practice their newly-learned skills. 

Topics include:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) Overview
  • Case Law Update: Legal challenges to high-stakes testing organizations
  • IDEIA vs. ADAAA: Different laws for children and adults
  • Research update
  • Documentation guidelines for accommodations requests: Best practices and thorny issues
  • Why testing agencies may find an accommodation request to be “Incomplete" and what to tell candidates
  • Communication with candidates-- especially disgruntled candidates
  • Preventing escalations from becoming crises
  • Issues to consider when reviewing accommodations requests: Test Validity, Test Security, Operational Considerations
  • Reasonable vs. Unreasonable Accommodation Requests
  • Practice Cases


Public and Private Involvement in Credentialing: Licensure, Certification, & Registration

Monday, November 18 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT

Presenter: Dale Atkinson, Atkinson & Atkinson

This high energy, interactive session will address the evolution of the regulation of the professions, occupations and trades with an emphasis on the involvement of public and private sector structures.  Attendees will participate in small group discussions and interactive dialogue with the group.  Topics will cover terminology, why government, licensure and role of regulatory boards, private sector certification, public-private relationships, enforcement, and rights of participants.  The facilitator will stimulate discussions and provide references to legislative efforts,  judicial opinions, and private sector involvement. You won’t want to miss this entertaining workshop.  Come prepared to be challenged and expressive.


Practical Tips for Ensuring a Healthy Vendor- Client Relationship

Monday, November 18 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT

Presenters: Jeff Marsh, Ascend Learning LLC; Rachel Watkins Schoenig, JD, Cornerstone Strategies; Jennifer Ancona Semko, Baker & McKenzie

Building a healthy vendor-client relationship starts long before the first item is written or test is delivered.  Like any good relationship, it starts as one of discovery and curiosity. There are a number of practical tools, from requests for proposals to due diligence, contracts, service level agreements, and incident response plans, that can be put in place to build and maintain a healthy relationship. Join experienced legal and business professionals as they take you on a journey to build a healthy vendor-client relationship. You’ll receive no-nonsense advice, practical tools, and handouts to help select and build good relationships to support your program and your candidates long after that first item is written and first test is delivered. It's a workshop session you won't want to miss!


READY: Preparing Your Certificate Program for Accreditation Under the New ICE 1100 Standard

Monday, November 18 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT

Presenters: Fae Mellichamp, Behavior Analyst Certification Board; Michelle Nolin, CPLP, Learn Ethos LLC; Heather Marie Rich, MPA, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

This hands-on, how to workshop will focus on three key aspects of preparing an assessment-based certificate program for accreditation under the new ICE 1100 Standard: 

  • Administrative requirements for the program provider, from record-keeping to policies and procedures to certificate requirements
  • Educational/Training content, including the needs analysis (now required) and how educational content in an accredited program should be designed, developed, delivered, evaluated, and maintained
  • Assessment requirements, including a deep dive into the appropriate level of psychometric rigor and methodologies for developing an accreditation-ready assessment

This session is appropriate for those with a current assessment-based certificate program that needs to be "up-fitted" in order to come into compliance with the Standard, or the organization that is planning to develop a new program. Multiple examples of "best practices" will be integrated throughout.