The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the organization that oversees the creation, promulgation, and use of standards in the United States and accredits organizations that determine conformance to those standards, is calling for nominations for those interested in serving on the ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC).
PCAC Determines Accreditation Status of Certification Bodies
The PCAC is the ANSI committee that verifies certification bodies’ compliance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons.
The accreditation process used by PCAC is based on ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment–General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, and includes both a review of a paper application and an onsite visit to validate the information provided. Since ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Program began in 2003, 56 personnel certification bodies for 175 certification programs have been been accredited by the committee. There are over 5.2 million individuals who currently hold certifications from ANSI-accredited personnel credentialing bodies.
Seeking Experts in Personnel Certification, Accreditation, and Policy Development
The PCAC nominations committee is currently seeking national experts with knowledge of personnel certification, accreditation, and policy development. Individuals with backgrounds in any of the following areas will be given preference:
- National/state licensing
- Federal government agencies
- Career, technical, and vocational education
- Health care/manufacturing/financial
- Foundations supporting national credentialing efforts
Duties of members of the committee include creating policies and procedures for the Personnel Certification Accreditation Program, determining the accreditation status of certification bodies applying for initial accreditation or undergoing annual accreditation, and providing input and advice to ANSI staff.
Nominations must be received by September 2, 2016. Those who are selected will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2017. To request an application for yourself or for the nomination of another individual, contact Ivory Lathern at ANSI at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more information on the ANSI PCAC at the ANSI website, www.ANSI.org.