May 20th, 2009

BCPE Certification Process Earns NCCA Accreditation

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Bellingham, WA – May 20, 2009 – The Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) was recently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for its Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE)/Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP) program.

The NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs since 1977 incorporating the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure programs adhere to standard practices within the certification industry.

“This milestone is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication by all directors, staff and volunteers, each of whom has been instrumental in BCPE’s success.  This achievement would not be possible without everyone’s contribution and speaks to the integrity and professionalism on which BCPE was founded while enhancing the viability and credibility of BCPE certification” said BCPE President, Chris Hamrick, CPE.

This prestigious accreditation was awarded after extensive documentation and a thorough evaluation of BCPE’s policies, practices and procedures to demonstrate compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.  To view these standards visit http://www.noca.org/ncca.

BCPE is one of 234 programs accredited by the NCCA.  The accreditation is good for a five-year period and requires ongoing compliance to maintain accreditation status. 

The BCPE is also endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) as an accredited ergonomics certifying body and is a corporate member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).

The mission of the BCPE is to provide ergonomics certification to protect the public, the profession, and its professionals by assuring standards of competency and advocating the value of certification.  Since 1990, the BCPE, an independent non-profit organization, has been the
premier certifying body for individuals whose education and experience indicate broad expertise in the practice of human factors/ergonomics. To date, over 1,500 professionals have been distinguished as BCPE certificate holders.

The NCCA is the accrediting body of NOCA.  Its mission is to help ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs/ organizations that assess professional competence.  NCCA uses a peer review process to:  establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with these standards; recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification.

For more information about BCPE and its certification programs, visit the BCPE web site at http://www.bcpe.org.

For more information, contact:  
Kris Rightmire
Executive Administrator
(888) 856-4685 ext. 701
bcpehq@bcpe.org



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