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Odds and ends: Certified Analytics Professional program

 

By Jan paul Miller

CAP

At your service: I’ve been writing to candidates in the pipeline who seem to have stalled in their move toward certification. If you are one of these aspirants and have any questions about your candidacy or what needs to be done, please let me know: jpmiller@informs.org

Accredible site now live: INFORMS went live with its Accredible website last week. In case you didn’t see our previous post, each of INFORMS’ Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) and aCAP certificants has been given a unique URL that displays the verified CAP or aCAP certificant. Consequently, INFORMS will no longer issue paper certificates; each certificant can download a high-resolution PDF of the certificate and print it out.

One of Accredible’s attractive features is that it provides analytics about certificant use of the site. Only one-quarter of certificants has opened the e-mail with their unique URL; an even lower number have tied their URL to their LinkedIn profiles.

Accredible offers outstanding opportunities to tell the world about the distinct recognition one has as a certified analytics professional. To learn about all of its features, see this YouTube video. Let me know if you have any questions about your Accredible URL. It’s a great tool to make you and your accomplishments known to a wider audience.

Another value of ANSI: accredited certification: Your ANSI-Accredited CAP credential sets you apart by verifying your competence in analytics. This third-party endorsement also means that INFORMS, which sponsors your certification, has met rigorous standards for assessment construction and credential management.

The American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI’s) personnel certification accreditation program has been recognized by peer accreditation bodies in the Pacific Rim, moving one step closer to the goal of one standard, one test, one mark of acceptance in the global marketplace. ANSI is a signatory to the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). Currently, ANSI is one of three accreditation body signatories to this newly launched MLA.

The PAC is an association of accreditation bodies and other interested parties that are established and operate in the member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). PAC’s objectives are to facilitate trade and commerce among APEC economies, within the system of global recognition of programs for conformity assessment.

What this means to a CAP is that the INFORMS credential is now recognized in the People’s Republic of China, the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, India, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates among others. There is no need to submit to further testing or competency assessment under this agreement. One test, one credential.

News testing vendor effective Jan. 1: INFORMS has contracted with PSI, an internationally recognized career development company, to deliver the CAP and aCAP tests beginning Jan. 1, 2018.  PSI operates testing programs for more than 500 companies and administers over 13 million assessments annually. Candidates who have not registered to test will be informed by e-mail concerning the new procedures.

One of the features that will be rolled-out is a diagnostic report that will be given to all test takers. If the score is passing, and all other requirements fulfilled, PSI will send a message to Accredible, which, in turn, will issue a digital certificate. No more waiting.

ABOK to be published in 2018: The Analytics Body of Knowledge should be available in the first quarter of 2018. In the meantime, INFORMS did publish a sampler that includes the table of contents, the general introduction and the first chapter of the ABOK. INFORMS has some copies available; if you would like one or several, send me an e-mail: jpmiller@informs.org

Finally, pins: As INFORMS moves to a new onboarding process for new certificants, the Institute will send out CAP and aCAP pins before the end of the year.

Jan paul Miller is the certification manager for INFORMS.

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