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 August 2006 Standards in Education
James Angelo Ruggieri is registered as a professional electrical engineer in six states and is a board certified forensic engineer. He chairs an American Society of Civil Engineers/Architectural Engineering Institute committee tasked in developing a standard governing the hardening of electrical systems from terrorist attack. He served in federal service as project engineer for the design and development of electrical systems for surface and subsurface naval combatants. He presently serves as SES’s Certification Committee chairman.
This article is reproduced by permission of the Standards Engineering Society. The article was first published in Standards Engineering, the Journal of the Standards Engineering Society, Vol. 58, No. 4, July/August 2006. For subscription or membership information contact SES, 13340 SW 96th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33176.

Certification for Standards Professionals

Personnel certification is a recognized means to provide independent evidence of an individual’s expertise. It is used by many professional organizations to set apart those that have exceptional acuity in a certain field from those that do not. Typically, the most respected professional certification programs require certain training, education, and experience in the field, followed by examination, and subsequent training in the way of continuing education requirements.

As part of its mission to enhance knowledge of standards and standardization, the Standards Engineering Society provides a certification program to recognize persons who have demonstrated a high degree of professional competence in various areas of standards. Those certified by the Standards Engineering Society have proven that they possess specific expertise in one or more of the four categories recognized by the Society addressing principles, techniques, and effects of standards and standardization. These categories are:

• Standards Development: For persons engaged in the generation of standards.
• Standards Application: For persons engaged in the implementation, technical use, and acceptance of standards, specifications, and technical handbooks.
• Standards Management: For persons engaged in the management of persons involved in development or application of standards or dissemination of standards-related information.
• Standards Information: For persons engaged in the dissemination of standards-related information.

Benefits to individuals receiving certification include enhanced professional and public recognition, increased visibility as specialists, and association with a select group of specialists who have attained national distinction.

In keeping up with the evolving standards environment, the SES Certification Committee was tasked to re-evaluate certification requirements and accordingly make adjustments to reflect the needs of the standards community. Specifically, the committee was asked to revise SES certification requirements to better define individual required core competencies commensurate with knowledge, skills, and abilities in standards management, development, application, and information. In addition, the committee was charged with creating an entry-level certification program to recognize individuals who may not have many years of experience, but who are accomplished in the standards arena, and who can demonstrate a working level of knowledge and capability in such issues.

The highlights of the changes to the SES Certification Program include:

• Establishment of an entry, or associate-level, designation (AStd) to guide individuals with less experience in standards towards the full certification (CStd) path;
• Substantive revision of the training, education, and experience requirements necessary for full certification to better reflect the real world environment for how standards are developed, applied, and managed;
• Better definition of paper submittal requirements to promote the quality of publications and ensure that submitted papers are equal to peer-reviewed requirements promoted by other leading professional societies; and
• Recognition of training and experience of standards development organization staff members.

The Certification Committee expects that these changes will encourage many long-time SES members to become certified standards professionals, and persuade newer members to embark upon the path to full certification by first receiving Associate Standards Professional Certification.

For further information, contact the Standards Engineering Society (phone: 305/971-4798). //

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