The Certified Nutrition Specialist certification program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. This most widely recognized accreditation signifies that the Certified Nutrition Specialist credential has met the highest standards of professional credentialing.
The Institute for Credentialing Excellence created the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) in 1987. The NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs were the first standards developed by the credentialing industry for professional certification programs. These standards were developed to help ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public. They highlight the essential elements of a high-quality program.
The NCCA standards are consistent with The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 1999), and are applicable to all professions and industries. Certification organizations that submit their programs for accreditation are evaluated based on the process and products, and not the content; therefore, the standards are applicable to all professions and industries. Program content validity is demonstrated with a comprehensive job analysis conducted and analyzed by experts, with data gathered from stakeholders in the occupation or industry.
NCCA accredited programs certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations including nurses, automotive professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, emergency technicians, crane operators and more. To date, NCCA has accredited approximately 300 programs from more than 120 organizations.
Accreditation for professional or personnel certification programs provides impartial, third-party validation that your program has met recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs.