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ANSI Announces New Members of the Institute's Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced the appointment of four new members to its Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) - the committee responsible for the operational aspects of ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies.

ANSI is proud to welcome the following esteemed members to the PCAC:

Thomas L. Adams is executive director of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) in Champaign, IL. In 1992, as executive vice president and CEO of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, he established a certification program for medical coding specialists that was later adopted by other state medical associations. Mr. Adams subsequently led national and global credentialing and certification activites in his roles as president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association and then the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. At BCSP he has hands-on responsibility for all certification activities, including maintaining ANSI accreditation for the CSP credential and NCAA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) accreditation for paraprofessional-level certifications.

Did You Know?
Since the inception of ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies in 2003, the Institute has accredited 34 personnel certification bodies that represent more than 92 different credentials.

In total, over 5.2 million professionals currently hold certifications from ANSI-accredited personnel credentialing bodies.

Benjamin Goldstein is the energy technology program specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In 2009 he led DoE's participation in the Recovery through Retrofit interagency working group convened by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and has advocated for the importance of accredited certification programs for the energy upgrade workforce. His efforts resulted in the DoE Weatherization Assistance Program fostering the development of four new certifications in accordance with ISO 17024. He previously served as a policy analyst for the Center for American Progress's Energy Opportunity Team.

Lisa Lutz serves as president of the Solutions for Information Design in Burke, VA. She has more than 20 years of experience as a policy analyst, and has worked in the credentialing arena for more than 15 years, focusing on the use of certification and licensure to promote the smooth transition of service members from the military to the civilian workforce. In this capacity, she provides policy guidance to government agencies related to standards for selection of payment of credentials and conducts research into credential requirements across all industries. Earlier in her career she was a senior policy analyst and project manager for Computer Sciences Corporation, focused on reducing employment barriers for transitioning service members and veterans.

Jennifer McNelly is senior vice president at the Manufacturing Institute - the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) based in Fairfax, VA. She is the chief architect of the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System (SCS), a system of nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials applicable to all sectors in the manufacturing industry. Before joining the Manufacturing Institute in 2008, she served in the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), first as director of the business relations group and then as administrator of the Office of Regional Innovation and Transformation.

"ANSI is pleased to welcome these outstanding leaders in the credentialing field to our Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee," said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. "Having such experienced and strong expert participation at this program's policy level underscores our commitment to offering the most comprehensive personnel certification accreditation process in the United States."

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

  • accrediting personnel certification bodies in accordance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons, and IAF Guidance to ISO/IEC 17024;
  • recommending policies to the Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC);
  • creating procedures to support the approved policies;
  • receiving recommendations for accreditation from ANSI-approved assessors; and
  • hearing first-level appeals regarding accreditation decisions and/or complaints regarding a certification body.

Membership on the PCAC reflects a balance of personnel certification stakeholders to include representatives from various types of occupational and professional certification bodies, test-development experts, government, consumer and public interest organizations, and other individuals concerned with third-party personnel certification activities. To ensure transparency, equity, and due process in PCAC proceedings, the PCAC has developed Operating Guides for the Committee and its activities.

For more information about ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies, click here or contact Roy Swift, ANSI senior director, personnel credentialing accreditation programs ([email protected]; 202-331-3617).


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