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What is an Assessment-based Certificate Program?
An assessment-based certificate (ABC) program is a relatively new option within the credentialing field. It sits somewhere between a continuing education unit’s (CEU’s) short, precise tidbit of knowledge and a traditional certification program’s competency assessment of an individual’s ability to perform a role or excel in a profession. An ABC program works when the body of knowledge being covered continues to change rapidly and information is out of date before a full certification program can be implemented.
ABCs are developed as a specific training program and assess the candidate’s ability to retain and/or utilize the information presented. They don’t replace CEUs and traditional certification programs, but rather augment them.
ABC programs offer your learner richer and deeper training at less cost to you.
They combine instructionally sound training with psychometrically sound assessments to provide your learners with a deeper and richer training experience than CEU courses without incurring the cost and time associated with implementing a full certification program.
ABC programs add to CEUs and certifications.
They don’t replace CEUs or certifications, they augment them. They allow your adult learning program to provide in-depth training on topics which that be too broad for CEUs or topics that change too frequently to financially support a full certification.
ABC programs are high quality programs built to accreditation standards.
Both ANSI and ICE have accreditation programs for ABCs. Scantron will build your assessment-based certificate program to those standards to ensure that your reputation as a high-quality certifying body is upheld.
ABC programs can create a new revenue stream for your organization.
They can create a new revenue stream for your organization or adult learning program in about half the time of a new certification offering and satisfy your learner’s demand for real-time, usable knowledge in this ever-changing and competitive global market.
ABC programs are designed for creditability.
Creditability of a new offering is extremely important. Both ANSI and ICE have accreditation program standards for ABCs. Scantron’s team of experts builds your assessment-based certificate program to those standards to ensure that your reputation as a high-quality certifying body remains intact.