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Calling All Personnel Certification Groups: ANSI Features New Education Course on Forthcoming International Requirements


New York, Apr 30, 2002

ANSI's Education and Training Services Department is pleased to invite the Institute's members and constituents for an enlightening session on the requirements of a forthcoming international standard. This document has the potential to facilitate global recognition of personnel certification bodies and enhance confidence in the ability of these groups to certify that individuals have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform their work.

Scheduled to debut on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ANSI headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute's education and training course, Personnel Certification Standards: Understanding the Requirements of ISO/IEC DIS 17024 (course # 304), will acquaint individuals with the specifics of the document and its potential impact on personnel certification bodies.

The course instructor, Dr. Roy Swift, the Institute's program director for Personnel Certifier Accreditation, explained, "Personnel certification programs help to verify that individuals have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform their work. These attributes lead to a highly skilled workforce, particularly within industries that have an impact on public safety. The global recognition of these programs, facilitated by the forthcoming international standard, increases the potential for national and international reciprocity of certified individuals and creates an internationally recognized framework and evaluation system."

Through presentations, small group discussions and exercises, the Personnel Certification Standards course will identify the requirements of the standard as well as related documents and sources that may be helpful in documenting compliance with ISO/IEC DIS 17024. In addition, the session will assist participants with performing an informal self-assessment of their organization to locate areas of improvement necessary to meet the document's specifications.

The draft international standard (DIS) 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons, emanates from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a non-governmental, worldwide federation of national standards bodies to which ANSI is the U.S. national member body, and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an International standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology in which ANSI is a member via the U.S. National Committee. ISO/IEC DIS 17024 is expected to become an International Standard within the second half of 2002 and is intended to promote an internationally recognized framework and evaluation system for personnel certification and facilitate the development of personnel certification systems.

Pamela Suett, ANSI's director of education, noted, "This new course is designed for representatives of corporations, organizations, government agencies and others operating certification programs who want to learn more about the ISO/IEC DIS 17024."

ANSI's new global accreditation program for personnel certification bodies, which compliments the Institute's accreditation programs for products and systems, will operate under ISO/IEC DIS 17024. ANSI hosted an Open Forum in February to provide the Institute's members and constituents with an overview of the document as well as the opportunity to review the proposed guidelines of the new accreditation program. [Editor's note: Please see ANSI Online News article, "ANSI Program for Accreditation of Personnel Certifiers Garners Support of Industry Representatives" for more information about the forum. Please direct all queries about the new accreditation program to Dr. Swift at (t) 202.331.3617 or (e) rswift@ansi.org.]

For more information concerning ANSI's education and training services or to register for a session, please contact Pamela Suett at (t) 212.642.4976 or (e) psuett@ansi.org.

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