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Upcoming events

    • 19 Feb 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Association Forum 10 S. Riverside Plaza Suite 800 Chicago, IL

    Future of Work


    This event has been rescheduled due to requests from members.

    What it Means for YOUR Organization

    The Center for International Credentials and Knapp International are hosting a one-day workshop on the Future of Work on Feb 19th at the Chicago Association Forum’s offices. 

    The workshop addresses the impact of Gen Z, Automation, the Gig Economy, and the lack of a skilled workforce.  Attendees will engage in facilitated dialogue on the roll of Associations in preparing tomorrow’s workforce. 

    Early bird pricing $495 ends Jan. 24th. Register today!

    Click here for the full event description and to register.

    Visit to see this and other events presented by The Center for International Credentials.  

    *This event is not affiliated with Certification Network Group.

    • 26 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • American Osteopathic Association, 2nd Floor, 142 E. Ontario St. Chicago, IL

    Certification Network Group (CNG)

    Chicago Quarterly Meeting

    American Osteopathic Association
    2nd Floor
    142 E. Ontario St.
    Chicago, IL

    Planning and Facilitating Your Credential Program Meetings

    Meetings! Meetings! Meetings!

    Learn best practices for making the most of your, your staff’s and your SMEs’ valuable time.

    Routine meetings are part of the typical life cycle of credentialing programs. Hear from our panelists on how to facilitate your credential program meetings, determine the best format for your meeting, and decide which important meeting objectives should be considered to ensure an efficient and effective meeting for all involved.

    Topics include the pros & cons of hosting your meeting(s) in conjunction with your annual conferences, meeting facilitation methods and formats, considerations and limitations for in-person or remote meetings, recruiting and onboarding SMEs, and more.


    Reed A. Castle, PhD

    Dr. Reed A. Castle received his doctorate from the University of Nebraska in quantitative methods and taught University-level statistics for two years. During his graduate studies his research focused on various Computer Adaptive Testing strategies. He has worked for multiple testing organizations serving as a psychometrician, director of departments, consultant and owner. He currently is the executive vice president for Professional Testing, Inc. based in Orlando Florida.

    As a professional he has conducted over 75 Job Analysis studies, many Cut-score studies and has over fifteen years of experience. As an expert, he has participated in and testified in legal cases on psychometric and certification issues. His research interests include job analysis techniques and transitioning traditional paper-based testing programs to computer adaptive testing programs. Applying his research interest to practice, Dr. Castle has built Computer Adaptive Testing systems.

    Dr. Castle presents at educational conferences including the ICE, ATP, NCME and CLEAR. His presentations focus on innovative approaches to testing and providing introductory education on classical and modern measurement techniques applied to certification. He was a contributing author to Clear Exam Review Journal and recently served his last year of a six-year appointment as a psychometric commissioner for the National Council for Certifying Agencies. Dr. Castle is a member of the Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) on behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) administration of International Standard ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment—General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.

    Evelyn Ronkowski, MAT, MFA

    Evelyn Ronkowski, MAT, MFA, is the managing editor at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). She oversees item-writing workshops, which have included over 600 attendants and produced over 10,000 items in the past four years. In her work with meetings, she has helped the organization streamline emails, surveys, and feedback loops.

    Sarah D. Schnabel, PhD

    Dr. Schnabel has served as the psychometrician for the American Board of Ophthalmology since 2014. In that time, she has contributed expertise to exam development, administration, and scoring for several high-stakes certification examinations. She has facilitated numerous standard setting studies and oversaw the development and phase-in of new test blueprints for three examinations between 2016 and 2018. Dr. Schnabel also serves as an adjunct instructor at UIC, teaching a course on large-scale testing to graduate students. Dr. Schnabel earned a master’s degree in measurement, evaluation, statistics, and assessment in 2012, and doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) in 2018.


    • 11 Mar 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lineup 1401 H ST. NW STE. 500 Washington, DC 20006

    CNG Washington, D.C. Event 

    March 11, 2020
    9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)

    1401 H ST. NW STE. 500
    Washington, DC 20006

    Are you looking for innovative ways to design and enhance your certification programs? Have you considered adding innovative item types to your credentialing programs?

    Join us at the Washington, DC CNG meeting to learn firsthand from our expert speakers about innovative testing and the importance of innovation in the credentialing business. The session will include time for questions and answers with the speakers and other attendees using or considering innovative item types and other strategies to embrace innovation.

    This session will cover:

    • GED case study (innovative items and action design);
    • Examples of operational innovative item types, including performance-based solutions;
    • Research methods for innovation and more;
    • Test development and logistics;
    • Potential issues to consider.


    Dr. Cynthia Parshall

    Dr. Cynthia Parshall is the Principal Consultant with Touchstone Consulting, where she specializes in helping credentialing programs solve problem. Cynthia has helped numerous testing professionals develop innovative items and conduct usability studies on exam materials. She has published extensively on these topics and was the lead author on the book Practical Considerations in Computer-Based Testing. Her professional experience included service as a psychometrician, researcher, and professor, prior to become a consultant.

    Ann Evers

    Ann Evers is the Sr. Test Product Development and Innovative Research Manager with GED Testing Service. Her past experiences include managing the development of standardized state assessments, military assessments for translators and interpreters, and an assessment for English Language Learners who are also significantly cognitively disabled. At GED Testing Service she continues to research various approaches to enhance the test and improve test taker outcomes.  



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