CIAC’s Appended Accreditation for Professionals
Viewed from the profession, accreditation testifies that there is a body of knowledge, that accredited practitioners of the profession must be well versed in that knowledge at an advanced level, and must have applied it competently and ethically through practice for several years. And as rapidly as the theory and practice of Quality Assurance evolves, so must professionals continually stay abreast of new developments in their areas of expertise.
One does not have to be accredited to have these qualities, of course, but accreditation is one witness to the wider world that you are a professional, akin to corporates, teaching, engineering, IT and others.
The growth of certification programs is also a reaction to the changing employment market. Certifications are portable, since they do not depend on one company’s definition of a certain job. Certification stands about the resume and the professional reference by being an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual’s professional knowledge and experience.
A professional accreditation is a designation earned by a person to assure that he/she is qualified to perform a job or task. Accreditations, generally, need to be renewed periodically, or may be valid for a specific period of time. As a part of a complete renewal of an individual’s certification, it is common for the individual to show evidence of continual learning — often termed continuing education or some other progress.