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ANSI: Interest in Personnel Certification Accreditation Program Increases

Program is based on ISO/IEC 17024 requirements

Published: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 08:21

(ANSI: New York) -- The American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) vice president for accreditation services, Lane Hallenbeck, reported recently that ANSI has seen rapid growth in interest in personnel certification program accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024, “Conformity assessment—General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.”

The interest is coming from organizations that certify individuals in a variety of trades and professions, fueled in part by new government mandates requiring that certification programs in some industries hold ANSI accreditation. These organizations also value ANSI’s leadership in the international community as the U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the only U.S. member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) that accredits personnel certification programs.

Another indication of interest is that ANSI’s popular workshops introducing ISO/IEC 17024 to organizations considering applying for certification began selling out earlier this year. ANSI added additional sessions to its schedule—and these sold out as well.

“We have only a few places left in the three scheduled sessions for the rest of this year and are considering adding yet an additional session,” Hallenbeck reports. “We encourage anyone interested in participating in a workshop in 2010 or early 2011 to let us know of their interest so we can try to accommodate everyone.”

ANSI intentionally limits attendance at each session to make sure that every participant receives information specific to his/her organization’s areas of interest and is able to leave the workshop with an individualized organization gap analysis or blueprint.

Anyone interested in participating in a workshop should send an e-mail to ANSI senior program manager Vijay Krishna, Ph.D., at accreditation@ansi.org.


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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, serving the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).