Just a few updates on the standard for certificate programs.
The first ballot by ASTM International on the standard for certificate programs passed! That doesn't mean it was finalized; it means that the standard draft proceeds in development. After the ballot closed, we worked on incorporating the feedback provided into the draft. Thank you so much to the many of you who provided helpful feedback to make the standard even better, either as a member of the ASTM subcommittee or as an interested party. This does bring me to something I wanted to clarify: you do NOT need to be a member of ASTM to view and comment on the draft!!! All you need to do is e-mail me or Rick Lake of ASTM and ask for a copy. We welcome and encourage feedback from everyone who is impacted in any way by the standard. As a member you can participate formally in the voting process, but all feedback submitted (from members and non-members alike) is considered in the draft revisions. By the way, I'm thrilled to say that our interested party list has grown exponentially over the past month!! The word is really getting out about this standard, and we're receiving much input and support, especially from the training community.
A new and updated draft of the ASTM International standard for certificate programs is out to ballot through October 26th. If you would like to view the current (and I encourage you to do so!!), e-mail me and I'll have the draft sent to you.
As chair of the task group charged with considering feedback and revising the standard accordingly, let me say that I am particularly interested in constructive feedback on the standard. While it may be nice to hear kudos, I want to hear what are the potential problems with the standard. I want to hear from those who will play devil's advocate and ask, "well, what about this...?" or "what happens when...?" If that describes you, please do contact me! Only with this type of constructive criticism will this standard be the best possible.