ABMS Insights (09/14/22)
The Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) is committed to educating all stakeholders about the importance of private professional certification programs and the impact of attempts to reform professional certification and occupational licensing. PCC also works with lawmakers to promote measures that broaden professional opportunities while assuring the public that certified and licensed individuals possess the knowledge, competence, and skills to practice responsibly. Institute for Credentialing Excellence Executive Director Denise Roosendaal, FASAE, CAE, explains that sometimes the coalition strives to revise legislation, which "depends on the kind of bill being proposed, the support it has, and the political landscape in a particular state." This includes removing detrimental language in proposed or model legislation in order to prevent flawed bills from being duplicated in other states. PCC backs the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow's Workforce Act to expand qualifying applications of tax-favorable 529 education saving plans to pay costs connected to workforce training and credentialing programs, such as certification and recertification exams. The group also supports the Resources and Education to Build Skills Act to help eligible displaced workers, returning service members, and military spouses gain certification through federally funded career rebuilding scholarships. Roosendaal says PCC aims to achieve its goals while protecting stakeholders such as employers, reimbursers, certified individuals, and especially the public.