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"Closing Legal Loopholes in Personnel Certification" Symposium October 2-3, 2003

New York, Sep 09, 2003

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) will co-host a symposium on October 2-3, 2003, during the World Standards Week events in Washington, DC, focusing on the future of personnel certification and the law. Presented by bmc & associates, “Closing Legal Loopholes in Personnel Certification” will address recent trends that suggest that the certification industry is likely to be the subject of a major lawsuit in the near future.

The two-day symposium aims to heighten awareness and understanding of the legal vulnerabilities in personnel certification. Critical issues for personnel certification bodies that will be covered include: increasing accountability; Title VII (access and equity) and Standards of Practice, and other quality assurance models.

The symposium begins Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott at Metro Center and features several speakers, including Connecticut Senator Christopher J. Dodd. A reception for symposium attendees will be held on Thursday evening, 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. To register, please contact bmc & associates.

Prior to the symposium on October 2, a session titled, “Personnel Certification: Profiles for the 21st Century,” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to review the results of the first comprehensive survey of personnel certification bodies, which tracks current trends and issues in the field. Representatives from the first five ANSI-accredited personnel certification agencies will lead a discussion on reactions to and analysis of survey results. Recommendations for creating quality certification programs will be explored through roundtable discussions to be presented to the certification community.

To register for the survey session, please contact ANSI's registration coordinator (212.642.4926; or download a registration form. For more information, contact Dr. Roy Swift, director of the ANSI personnel certifier accreditation program (202.331.3617;

Download the symposium agenda.

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