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ANSI Takes the Lead in Accreditation of Personnel Certifiers

Pilot Study Launched for Upcoming Accreditation Program

Washington, DC, Oct 30, 2002

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, announced today that five organizations have been selected to participate in a pilot of the Institute's new accreditation program for personnel certification bodies.

This accreditation program will operate under the auspices of the draft International Standard ISO/IEC DIS 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons. The program will increase the potential for national and international reciprocity of certified individuals and personnel certification bodies, and will create an internationally recognized framework and evaluation system. The draft standard is expected to be ready for final publication in early 2003.

Dr. Roy Swift, ANSI's director of the personnel certifier accreditation program, explained that the five pilot program participants expressed their interest in the program following a February 2002 open forum on the topic.

ANSI's comprehensive pilot program requires that each organization go through a formal accreditation process, including the submission of documentation for each of the requirements identified in the standard, an on-site audit, and the correction of any non-conformities (i.e., requirements that have not been met).

"Personnel certification helps to verify that individuals have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform their work; and a program based on ISO/IEC DIS 17024 will drive continual improvement in the competence of these professions," explained Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice-president for conformity assessment. "ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certifiers will confer additional credibility to these organizations and promote [their] recognition in the international arena."

"ANSI is committed to developing the best accreditation program possible," said Dr. Swift. "This comprehensive pilot of the accreditation program will be very useful in helping us to identifying areas for future improvement."

The five participating organizations include:

American Society for Non-destructive Testing, Inc.
Description: Technical society for nondestructive testing professionals.
Deliverables: ASNT Central Certification Program
ASNT NDT/PdM Level III Program
IRRSP Program (Radiation Safety)
Program type: The ASNT NDT and PdM Level III Programs and ASNT Central Certification Program are independent personnel certification programs to improve reliability and accuracy for nondestructive testing; provide customers and prospective employers with clear expectation of NDT personnel competency and proficiency. The IRRSP program provides independent third-party certifications that meet state and federal radiation safety certification requirements.
Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BPSP)
Description: Peer certification board for practitioners in the safety profession.
Deliverables: Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
Program type: Evaluates the academic and professional experience qualifications of safety professionals; administers examinations; issues certificates of qualification to those professionals who meet the Board's criteria, successfully pass its examinations and meet retention and re-certification requirements.
Institute of Supply Management( (ISM)
Description: The association exists to educate, develop, and advance the purchasing and supply management profession.
Deliverables: Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.)
Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.)
Program type: The C.P.M. program is for the entire profession and focuses on the managerial, administrative, strategic, as well as tactical aspects of the purchasing and supply management function. The A.P.P. program is for those in purchasing and supply management and those outside of the purchasing or supply management department with definite purchasing and supply management responsibilities.
National ITC Corporation
Description: Certification body for individuals in certain technical fields related to the Plumbing, Piping and HVAC industry.
Deliverables: A total of 18 certifications are offered.
Program type: NITC certifications are issued to persons after they have successfully completed appropriate NITC examinations developed from established model codes and standards used in the appropriate industry.
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)
Description: Certification agency for the occupational therapy profession.
Deliverables: Occupational Therapist Registered OTR® (OTR)
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant COTA® (COTA)
Program type: NBCOT works closely with state regulatory authorities providing information on credentials, disciplinary actions and regulatory and certification renewal issues. Certification process reflects the current standards of competent practice in occupational therapy. ANSI Incorporated by Reference IBR Portal