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Certification, Designation, Licensure, and Accreditation, Oh My…

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Hypothetically, let’s say you go to your medical facility and they advise you that the medical professional you will see today is through medical school (accredited) and has decided not to take the licensing exam. The new medical practitioner will reduce the cost of your visit by 50%. What do you do? Theoretically, he or she has completed all the necessary educational requirements, and you are seeing a medical professional for what you believe to be a sinus infection: Having recently been laid off and without insurance, you are conflicted about what to do.

This scenario couldn’t happen today, as this person would be charged with a criminal act of practicing medicine without a license. Still, I pose the situation to generate thinking about why we look for and seek out validation and credibility.

I started thinking about the subject matter as I completed my International Coach Federation (ICF) renewal application for my Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation for another three years. I am willing to pay my application fee and meet the required ethics and continuing education units. To fulfill my initial designation as a PCC, I completed an ICF accredited coach-training program. Through that program, I received my certification as an executive coach. Confused? Let’s see if I can sort this out.

In an online Health Care Design Magazine 2011 article by Jennifer Silvas, a varied group of credentialing organizations convened to agree on a set of definitions. In Silvas’s article, the team provides a clear roadmap for why credentialing matters. The team decided that professional credentialing is a viable way to demonstrate proficiency in a field, and also identifies individuals who commit to his/her profession and ongoing development https://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/architecture/accreditation-certification-licensure-registration/.

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One Comment

  1. Rey Carr

    January 31, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Your article might have been more informative if it had pointed out how the ICF system of credentialing/accreditation differs from the cooperative and multi-organization approach discussed in the healthcare design article. For example, the ICF has no connection with other organizations that provide accrediting/credentialing in coaching; it has no foundation that it is based upon (they just made up their own without regard for how other groups operate) and it lacks continuous monitoring which is a cornerstone of non-coaching credentialing, licensing, accrediting.


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