Detailed information is provided here for 1,586 certification programs and 227 accreditation programs. To be included, certification programs must be voluntary, for individuals, and available to people throughout the U.S. Those certifications "required" to practice a profession or occupation are listed in another Gale source, "Professional and Occupational Licensing Directory" ["RBB" D 15 93]; whether this explains the absence from "CAPD" of an entry for certified public accountant is unclear. Accreditation programs, to be included here, must be for institutions or programs and must be national, regional, or statewide in scope. Among the certification programs listed are those for professional secretaries, corrosion technologists, and chartered life underwriters. Accrediting programs include ALA's Office of Accreditation
Descriptions of certification programs are arranged in chapters with titles based on "Occupational Outlook Handbook" terms. The entry for each program contains, if applicable, up to 19 categories of information including certification title, certification-granting organization, number of individuals certified, education and experience requirements, membership and certification requirements, renewals, examination frequency and sites, pass-fail rate, waiting period to receive scores, fees, endorsing organizations, and whether accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies. Information on the accreditation-granting organization includes, if available, address, phone and fax numbers, toll-free number, e-mail address, and contact person. Information provided for accreditation programs is similarly detailed. Rounding out "CAPD" are profiles of the certifying bodies covered in the section "Certification Programs" (limited to directory information and a list of certifications offered), an appendix of certification initialisms (called acronyms here), and an 85-page master index
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