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Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC)


The Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) accredits personnel certification bodies in accordance with ISO/IEC 17024: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons and IAF Guidance to ISO/IEC 17024. The PCAC endeavors to disseminate information to and receive input from stakeholders across the U.S. who are involved in the certification of people to include employers and consumers.

The PCAC is responsible for policy, procedures and accreditation decisions relating to personnel certification bodies and related activities, specifically:

  • recommending policies to ANSI’s Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC);
  • creating procedures to support the approved policies;
  • receiving recommendations for accreditation from ANSI approved assessors;
  • hearing first-level appeals regarding accreditation decisions and/or complaints regarding a certification body.

Members and Officers

Membership on the PCAC reflects a balance of personnel certification stakeholders to include representatives from various types of occupational/professional certification bodies, test development experts, government, consumer/public interest organizations and other individuals concerned with third party personnel certification activities.

Committee Officers:

Tom Adams, President and CEO, NC Captive Insurance Association

Vice Chair
Lisa Lutz, President, Solutions for Information Design, LLC

* ANSI staff is the contact for all ANSI program oversight committees. Individual committee members listed here should not be contacted directly concerning ANSI business.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019

2019 Call for Nominations

he ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANSI) invites nominations from interested persons to serve on the Institute’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC). Nominations must be received by Thursday September 12, 2019, and are for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2020.

The PCAC Nominations Committee seeks national experts with broad experience in the fields of personnel certification, accreditation, and policy development. Although all individuals with relative experience/knowledge are welcome to apply, preference will be given this year to individuals with a background in the following areas:

  • Psychometrics
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Government

Specific duties of committee membership include: creating recommended policies and procedures for the ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Program, determining the accreditation status of certification bodies that have applied for initial accreditation or are undergoing their annual surveillance accreditation process, and providing input and advice to ANSI staff regarding operational issues. More information on PCAC is provided in the Operating Policy of the Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee .

For questions, comments, or to learn how to apply please direct inquiries to Evelyn Nash, Program Coordinator, Personnel Certification Programs ( Once again, the deadline for submission is September 12, 2019.

Operating procedures

To ensure transparency as well as equity and due process in PCAC proceedings, the PCAC has developed Operating Guides for the Committee and its activities.

 View PCAC-PL-502: Operating Policy of the Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC).

Staff Contacts

Evelyn Nash
Coordinator, Credentialing Programs
Phone: 202.331.3638

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