Personnel Certification Bodies accredited by IAS benefit from IAS’s recognition as Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) signatory with the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC). Signatories are recognized worldwide based on the equivalency of their accreditation programs, therefore reducing costs and adding value to business and consumers.
Through a partnership, the International Accreditation Service (IAS) and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) are offering dual accreditation to NCCA criteria and ISO/IEC 17024 requirements, for organizations that assess professional competence.
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the accreditation arm of ICE. The NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were originally created in the mid-1970s, were the first standards developed by the credentialing industry for professional certification programs. The NCCA Standards were most recently updated in 2014 and more than 300 certification programs are currently NCCA-accredited.
ISO/IEC 17024 sets the requirements and the framework, at a global level, for the operation of Personnel Certification Bodies. IAS is a signatory to the Multilateral Recognition Arrangement of the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation which allows for transportability of credentials issued under the joint accreditation program.
Organizations will realize a cost savings and streamlining of the accreditation process with dual accreditation from IAS and ICE. Efficiencies can be realized through the online system, the large overlap in the requirements for both standards, and the synchronization of deadlines and term dates.