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ANSI Sponsors Free Virtual Workshops on ANSI Accreditation and ISO/IEC 17024

New York, Sep 22, 2004

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced the launch of an educational program geared to increase awareness of the value of accreditation in the area of personnel certification.

ANSI will present a free one-and-a-half hour online workshop to explore the impact of the International Standard ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification systems of persons and illustrate the benefits, requirements and reach of the ANSI accreditation program for personnel certification bodies. The workshop will be held on September 29, 2004, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm (EDT).

The online lecture will introduce participants to the standard and to ANSI’s accreditation program, and illustrate how the new International Standard can help increase the quality of a certification program and how accreditation under the standard can help certification bodies build a continuous quality improvement process.

All individuals currently involved in the certification of personnel are invited to participate. Advance registration is required; participants will also be invited to submit specific questions in advance.

According to Roy Swift, program director of the ANSI Personnel Certifier Accreditation Program, the virtual workshop format was selected because it combines the benefit of involving a live presenter with the cost savings of delivering content via a phone and Internet connection. During a virtual workshop, audio is delivered over the telephone (toll free) and a slide show is delivered simultaneously via a web browser.

“ISO/IEC 17024 is setting the bar for quality in personnel certification, and is already being recognized by many federal agencies,” said Swift. “This workshop serves as a useful introduction to the standards for certifiers, government representatives, and personnel across industries.”

For more information or to register, please contact Sandro Shelia (; 202.331.3619).

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