I've gotten several e-mails from readers who've joined ASTM's effort. Excellent!! Also received a few questions.
Once you join ASTM, within 24 hours you will receive your online username and password. Use this to login and view the standard online. Let me know if you have any problems. As I understand it, you must have been a member of the subcommittee before the ballot was released to cast an official vote at this point. However, if the site allows you to (and I believe it will), vote anyway, especially if you have comments because we will consider ALL comments in the upcoming revision.
As far as process goes...both ASTM International and NOCA have submitted a project initiation notice to the American National Standards Institute --ANSI (the accreditor of standard setting bodies) to develop a standard for certificate programs. A governmental agency has since filed a complaint that the two standards are potentially duplicative /confusing to stakeholders. This complaint sets in motion a mandated joint effort to identify and resolve U.S. stakeholder concerns. Will the two groups ultimately unite? Will two independent standards get approved in the end? Or will one prevail. Your guess is as good as mine.
As I've suggested, the ideal is certainly to have one American National Standard. But I'm also pretty comfortable with getting them both out there and letting the market decide which is of more value.