Institute for Credentialing Excellence

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Institute for Credentialing Excellence
Founded 1977
Type non-profit, 501(c)(3)
Focus Accreditation
Key people
Anna Hildreth, Sr. Operations Manager[1]
Formerly called
National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies (NCHCA)

The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) is one of the two main U.S. organizations that accredit personnel certifications or certificates.[2][nb 1] In November 2009 the ICE formally changed its name from the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).[3]

The ICE is an accredited standards developer by the American National Standards Institute.[1]


In cooperation with the federal government the National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies (NCHCA) was founded in 1977 in order to develop standards for voluntary certification programs.[4] In 1989, the NCHCA was expanded to developing certifications for all professions, becoming the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and forming the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) as a membership association for credentialing bodies.[4] In 2009, the Board moved to change to a new name and became the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).[4]

National Commission for Certifying Agencies[edit]

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA's Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.[5] In the state of California all organizations that wish to be recognized as counselor certifying organizations must be accredited by the NCCA.[6]


  1. ^ The other main organization being the American National Standards Institute
  1. ^ a b "Accredited Standards Developers" (PDF). American National Standards Institute. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Credential Resource Guide" (PDF). U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "NYS Tox Mold Task Force Final Report, December 2010" (PDF). Department of Health. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "History of ICE". Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)". Board of Certification, Inc. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Counselor Certification". California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. p. 80. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 

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