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BOC Participates in CEO Forum on Certification

July 27, 2010

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BOC Participates in CEO Forum on Certification

The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) participated in an invitation-only CEO Forum in mid-July, sponsored by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Accredited by the American National Standards Institute as a Standards Developer, ICE offers NCCA accreditation to credentialing programs.

NCCA is the acronym for The National Commission for Certifying Agencies; NCCA uses a peer review process to evaluate the administrative, technical and psychometric aspects of how a certification’s requirements and assessment tools are developed and maintained. The process includes a detailed review of the development of certification requirements and psychometric assessment tools, including the qualification and diversity of subject matter experts. NCCA accreditation demonstrates that a certification program is valid and reliable. NCCA accredits numerous healthcare credentialing bodies’ certification programs, including the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the National Board for Respiratory Care. All BOC certifications are NCCA-accredited.

The CEO Forum gathered a group of certification organization leaders to meet and share perspectives on emerging issues in the certification arena. Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, President & CEO of BOC, was among the participants. “It is rewarding to be invited to events like this one,” Zacharias says, “particularly since the issues we discussed are ones that are key to ensuring the ongoing psychometric soundness of our certification exams. I enjoy sharing information on BOC’s certification processes with my colleagues, because I believe it is important to contribute to and learn from the larger credentialing community. We all have a stake in making sure our credentialing processes are relevant, valid and respected.”

Among the topics the assembled CEOs addressed were certification management systems, the impact of technology in delivering an improved experience for prospective certificants, and best practices in conducting job analyses. In addition to BOC, other organizations in attendance included the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Since 1984, the Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) has provided credentials demonstrating the competence and proficiency of O&P professionals. BOC offers NCCA-accredited certification programs in five disciplines: orthotics, prosthetics, pedorthics, orthotic fitting, and mastectomy fitting. BOC’s facility accreditation program partners with DMEPOS suppliers to meet standards set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and improve business practices. BOC credentials celebrate and recognize the competence, professionalism and safe practice environments of BOC-certified practitioners and BOC-accredited facilities.