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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION?

Accreditation is the stamp of approval from a third party (Pro Board) review of an agency’s certification system.  The review includes all aspects of certification testing including; completeness, fairness, security, validity and correlation to the national standards.  Agencies such as state/provincial certification agencies, educational institutions, governmental entities, and national organizations are accredited.

Certification is the verification that a candidate has successfully completed an evaluation of his/her knowledge, skills and abilities against the national standard.  Individuals that successfully pass a certification exam are certified.

Candidates that are certified by an accredited agency have the value added of the assurance that the test they took accurately measured them against the standard.

HOW DOES AN AGENCY BECOME ACCREDITED?

State/Provincial certification agencies, educational institutions, governmental entities, and national organizations may seek accreditation by contacting a Pro Board representative at 413-267-5140 or 617-984-7474 or by going to the Pro Board’s website at www.theproboard.org.

WHAT DOES THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS INVOLVE?

The agency applying for Pro Board accreditation must first, complete and submit an Application for Accreditation, COA-1; an Accreditation Self-Study Document, COA-3; and submit the required materials to substantiate that the agency meets the Pro Board’s accreditation criteria.  After review of those materials, the agency receives a site visit evaluation of the agency’s testing processes by the Pro Board.

HOW DOES A PERSON RECEIVE A PRO BOARD CERTIFICATE AND GET ENTERED INTO THE PRO BOARD’S CERTIFICATION REGISTRY?

A person can receive a Pro Board certificate and be registered in the Pro Board's Certification Registry only if he or she has been tested and certified through a Pro Board accredited agency.  The agency must be accredited at the time of the testing to certify to the specific Standard and Level for which the person is being certified.  Check with the accredited agency to determine their procedures for registering certifications.  Some agencies issue a certificate with the Pro Board logo on it and register the certification with the Pro Board.  Others use the Application for Pro Board Registration and Certification, COA-7, and the Pro Board prints the certificate. The Pro Board does not test and certify individuals.

HOW CAN I GET A PRO BOARD CERTIFICATE FOR MY STATE/PROVINCIAL CERTIFICATION?

First, check to make sure that your certification was received from a Pro Board accredited agency and that the agency was accredited at the time you received your certification to certify to that Standard and Level.  If the agency was accredited by the Pro Board at the time of your certification, you may request the accredited agency issue you an Application for Pro Board Registration and Certification, COA-7.  Submit the completed application to the address listed on the form.

I HAVE A CERTIFICATION FROM A STATE/PROVINCE THAT IS NOT PRO BOARD ACCREDITED.  HOW CAN I OBTAIN A PRO BOARD CERTIFICATE?

To receive a Pro Board certificate you must be certified through a Pro Board accredited agency.  Log on to the Pro Board website, http://www.theproboard.org/agencies.htm, to see a list of accredited agencies.  Contact an agency that certifies to the Standard/Level that you have been certified to and ascertain your eligibility through them.  Lastly, contact your state’s/province’s certification/training office and ask them when they will become Pro Board accredited.

 HOW CAN I CHECK TO SEE IF I AM LISTED IN THE PRO BOARD’S NATIONAL REGISTRY?

 Click on Certification Search.

On the page titled ‘Search the Pro Board Certification Registry’ type in your last name and last four digits of your social security number.

If you have additional questions regarding your search you may contact the Certification Administrator from this page.

I HAVE LOST MY PRO BOARD CERTIFICATE, HOW DO I OBTAIN A DUPLICATE CERTIFICATE?

Duplicate certificates will be issued at a charge of $15.00 per certificate by contacting the Certification Coordinator at 617-984-7474.

HOW CAN I RECEIVE A PRO BOARD CERTIFICATE FOR MY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CERTIFICATION?

There are two methods that may be utilized to convert your Department of Defense certification to a Pro Board certificate.  

First Method:  On the Documents page click on ‘Application for a Pro Board Certificate for DOD applicants’.  Download the form, complete the Applicant Information section and submit the form to the address listed with $15.00 for each certificate desired.  

Second Method: Contact the Certification Coordinator at 617-984-7474. 

  

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