ERIC Number: ED396133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
National Skills Standards Development Project. Study of the State of the Art of Certification and Accreditation Programs.
Electronic Industries Foundation, Washington, DC.
A study of 10 organizations explored how their various certification or accreditation programs were developed, structured, and managed and made observations to guide the development of certification or accreditation for the electronics industry. From November 1994 through January 1995, a phone and fax survey was conducted of these organizations: American Institute of Certified Planners, American Society for Nondestructive Testing, American Welding Society, Associated General Contractors of America, Electronic Technicians Association International, Federal Aviation Administration, International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians, National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, and Printing Industries of America. All eight organizations with certification programs required the individual to have some work experience and tested examinees for knowledge of relevant subject matter. The majority developed their own tests, and tests were continually revised with input from industry. All four organizations that accredited training programs required an industry-based curriculum; three required certified instructors and had stated minimum standards for facilities, administration, and equipment. (A large part of the report provides study findings for each program reviewed, including program content, structure, and management; process; and observations. A list of conclusions follows. Appendixes include a summary in table format and questions for the case study.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Auto Mechanics, Building Trades, Electronic Technicians, Electronics Industry, National Standards, Postsecondary Education, Printing, Program Administration, Program Content, Program Design, Quality Control, Student Certification, Surveys, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Welding
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Electronic Industries Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see ED 389 946, CE 071 858-860, and CE 071 909-910.