History and Governance
What Does Accreditation Mean?
The ACAC operates CESB-accredited certification programs for professionals in indoor air quality and related fields. What does it mean to be accredited?
Third Party Approval
Following the requirements of ASTM Standard E 1929, Assessment of Certification Programs for Environmental Professions: Accreditation Criteria, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) has established a national reputation for accrediting certification programs in engineering and science-related fields. (Click here for more information about CESB). CESB-accredited programs that you may recognize include the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). ACAC offers the only CESB-accredited programs dedicated to the field of indoor air quality.
The Council’s CIEC program underwent an intensive, six-month examination in 2005, and was fully accredited by CESB as an engineering-related designation effective January 1, 2006.
The Council's CMC program underwent an intensive, six-month examination in 2006, and was fully accredited by CESB as an engineering-related designation effective October 31, 2006.
As of 2011, the Council's CEICC, CEICS, CETC, CIES and CSDS programs are also fully accredited by CESB as the engineering-related level.
As of 2011, the Council's CIE, CMI, CMR, CMRS, CEICI, CEICR, CETI, CIER, CSDR, CIAQM, and CRMI programs are all fully accredited by CESB at engineering-technician level.
According to CESB, certification is designed to recognize knowledge and verified field experience. Accredited certification programs must therefore require both. In order to qualify for CESB accreditation, a certification program must also meet high standards of program operation:
It must be administratively independent of other organizations in matters pertaining to certification;
Its certifying body must consist of a majority of certified individuals;
It must provide the public and consumers with an opportunity for input into its policies and decisions;
It must follow strict rules for public disclosure of certification-related activities;
It must follow strict rules for test development, evaluation and administration;
It must enforce stringent eligibility requirements for all candidates, including eight years of education and/or field experience for engineering-related designations such as our CIEC and CMC and two to five years of education and/or field experience for engineering-technician designations such as CIE, CMR, CMRS, CIAQM, CMI and CRMI.
ACAC offers the only CESB-accredited designations dedicated to the field of indoor air quality. Though its board-awarded designations meet all these requirements and more, the same cannot be said of many other professional certification programs. Other organizations allow office staffers to grant certification in exchange for payment of fees and passing a simple examination based on a mandatory course with limited information. Field experience is rarely required, much less verified. As a result, "instant certifications" from such organizations are nearly worthless when challenged in court.
ACAC programs are accredited by the Council of
Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
ACAC examinations are compliant with standards published by APA, AERA and NCME.
ACAC is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.