Accreditation Organization: Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE)’s National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
History: Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), previously called National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) stems from a previous organization, The National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies (NCHCA) which was created under a congressional mandate in 1977. This organization was established to develop standards for health professionals and to accredit organizations that certifies them.
NBMTM has administered BCMTMS exams since 2018 and has suitable revenue to show financial fitness. NBMTM has over 24 months of bank statements to show. NBMTM also needs to administer 500 exams. So far, 242 exams have been administered, NBMTM anticipates to reach 500 exams at the end of 2020.
NBMTM has recently switched from remote proctoring with Mettl to Scantron’s physical testing centers with over 1,350 locations. Scantron’s physical testing centers and exam security procedure are compliant with NCCA accreditation standards.
Exam’s Psychometric Standards
NBMTM is currently working with Scantron’s world class psychometricians with decades of assessment and psychometrics expertise to assure BCMTMS examinations are in accordance to NCCA standards.
Undoubtedly, achieving NCCA accreditation requires preparation, resources, and efforts and does not happen overnight. For example, although the Board of Pharmacy Specialties started administering Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) certification exams in 2012, the certification program was not accredited by NCCA until 2014. Here is the following timeline for BCMTMS accreditation.