Personal Credential - Accreditation
Achieving the highest level of recognition in a profession is indeed a high water mark in one's career. A GA study which is now nearing completion has found that at least eleven associations confer the designation APR to members who meet certain criteria. Others have a different- front-loaded scheme whereby one needs to demonstrate competence before being admitted as a member. The GA set out to look at the various accreditation schemes and determine- as we did with ethics- if there is a common set of principles or methods that assess personal levels of competence.
This exercise might lead to another world standard for the profession. We are now analyzing the degree to which the different programs compare against a matrix of core principles and areas of competencies. Within a few months, the GA board will be reviewing the findings and deciding on next steps. If your association has an accreditation program, you should have been contacted by team leader Pierette Leonard or by Executive Officer João Duarte to complete our analysis. If not, we will be in touch very shortly.