What is now known as the Certification Network Group was started by Judy Rosenbloom in the early 1980’s. She was the executive director for a certifying agency who occasionally called together her colleagues for informal discussion and advice for problems, issues she was facing. Over the years, the group grew to sometimes include invited speakers. When Judy moved out of the area, several regulars assumed her role. This transitioned into a periodic request for volunteers to continue the meetings.
Organizational structure occurred about ten years later when the volunteers were called the Steering Committee (now the Board of Directors) and someone would agree to “chair” it. Most of the planning for the year occurred at the beginning meeting. A memo template of who, what, when, and where was reused for the four or five meetings per year. Traditionally, one of the meetings was an “open forum” when participants brought their issues to be addressed. A directory of participants was kept for mailing notices.
A significant step toward structure and sophistication occurred in 2001 when the Certification Network Group went digital. A steering committee member had web site capabilities to post the group’s information and send meeting announcements by email.
The heretofore unwritten philosophy is to provide a venue for certification professionals to support each other while developing public trust and confidence in certification by creating valid, reliable and legally defensible programs.
To network with other members of the Certification Network Group, you need to join the group.
Everything is permission based. Each member of the group indicated an interest in networking with others in the group. If, for some reason, another member of the group tells you that your email or phone calls are no longer welcome, you need to honor that request.
Any praise or concerns about the way the Certification Network Group is working for you can go to anyone on the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors develops and initiates opportunities for the certification professionals to learn, network and share best practices. Typically, at the last of the four meetings for the year, attendees would be invited to serve on the next year’s committee. The chair was informally decided for the coming program year. The format of the planning sessions was at the choice of the committee. Whoever offered to host the upcoming meeting provided modest refreshments. As the size and sophistication of the group increased, the Board of Directors provided innovative ways for companies and private businesses that provide test development, test delivery and certification building support services to collaborate on business objectives by becoming a Annual Sponsor or one of the four Quarterly Showcase Sponsors.
The ongoing objective has been to provide an opportunity for certification professionals to address their unique needs and issues. Formal rules and bylaws have not been found to be necessary and the volunteer members do the work necessary to keep the value of the group high for all who work in the certification and accreditation industry.
CNG’s Task Forces are made up of leaders from within the group who want to step up and become more involved. They will be bringing the real and current concerns of the industry into our daily CNG activities. As opportunities and needs arise, task forces of 3-5 people are formed based on their stated expertise to take ownership of that opportunity and make the magic happen. The assignments are customized to your available time and your talent. Interested? Let us know!
The chair prompts the Board of Directors as they strive to provide meaningful gatherings for individuals and organizations interested in certification. Individuals willing to volunteer limited time are welcome on the committee. Valued attributes are knowledge of certification; curiosity about changes in the field; altruistic motives and willingness to deal with the varied group dynamics. Sometimes people are identified for their attributes and the “best practices” of the certification program they manage or direct–and are “urged” to participate. The extent of time and talent required is usually determined by the make up of each year’s participants, but doesn’t exceed the ten to fifteen hours needed annually to plan the meetings in whatever format suits the participants.
Board Of Directors – 2013
|Ron Hanchar, Past Chair||National Healthcareer Association|
|Linda K. Anguish, SPHR, GPHR||HR Certification Institute|
|Maureen Cones, ESQ||American Nurses Association|
|Torryn P. Brazell, CMP, CAE||American Board of Audiology|
|Cheryl Gross||American Osteopathic Association|
|Jan paul Miller||Board of Certification/Accreditation International|
|Rory McCorkle||International Credentialing Associates|
|Georgia Patrick||The Communicators, Inc|
|Amy Roedl, Ph.D., Vice Chair||National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation|
|Anjali Weber, Asst. Treasurer||National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)|
|Lance J. Welter, Chair||Desert Rose Design|