NCC has joined the newly formed Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) a coalition designed to stem and counteract harmful legislative initiatives that undermine the recognition of certifications developed by non-governmental organizations.
Spearheaded by The Institute for Credential Excellence (ICE) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), PCC advances the best interests of those who use or rely on professional certification – such as employers, the general public as well as the individual professionals themselves who achieve professional certification status.
Recent occupational licensing reform legislation considered in various states has alerted private certification organizations to significant threats to their activities. These bills have included provisions that would:
• bar many professionals holding certifications from private organizations from using the titles “certified” or “registered”;
• create evidentiary presumptions and barriers to state professional licensure laws recognizing or requiring certifications from private organizations; and/or
• establish governmental certification programs that would supplant private certification programs, in some circumstances.
In many instances, these bills incorporate language from anti-occupational licensing or anti-certification model legislation sponsored or endorsed by special interest groups. Whether the harmful consequences of the legislation are intended or not by the bill sponsors, certification organizations can expect the introduction of similar legislation in the months to come.
A previous, informal coalition of certification organizations successfully amended two Louisiana bills to remove harmful provisions, in large part because so many professional certification organizations made their concerns known. There is strength in numbers! Click here to learn more about PCC.