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Microsoft Achieves ANSI 17024 Accreditation

Microsoft recently received accreditation for conformance to the international standard ISO/IEC 17024 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons by the American National Standards Institute for two of its IT certification programs.  The blog world is buzzing with the news since these are the first product-specific IT certifications accredited to the international standard and ANSI.  Lots of individual IT bloggers responded on their own blogs and the buzz is positive, with agreement that the third-party "stamp of approval" is a really good thing for both Microsoft and the individuals certified.

See the Microsoft blog announcement here.


New Resources Available

I can't believe it's been over a month since I've last posted to Beyond Certification.  Busy, busy, busy am I.  Besides focusing on my fabulous clients, I've been working on several writing projects:

Published an article, "Certification Done Right" in the October Associations Now magazine.

Wrote an article, "Making Sense of Credentials" for the Association Forum magazine (coming out soon). 

Updated and expanded my Considering Certification? Your Guide to Making the Decision book.

Finally finished my Certification Simplified: A Primer for Staff and Volunteer Leaders of Personnel Certification.  I'm very excited about the launch of this book which is intended to be an orientation / reference guide that organizations can provide to new certification board members and staff.  And I apologize to those of you who have patiently waited since it is a year overdue its target release!  My clients are keeping me super busy, which is a great thing, but I miss my writing time!

Working every spare moment with a colleague to finish the ISO/IEC 17024 Compliance Handbook: Guidance and Templates for Personnel Certifying Bodies so that it can be available in November.

More information on these books can be found here.