I received a question about the ASTM E2659 Standard Practice for Certificate Programs and thought others might benefit from hearing the answer.
The question was related to the clause:
126.96.36.199 The certiﬁcate issuer shall not state or in any way imply that certiﬁcate holders are certiﬁed, licensed, accredited, or registered to engage in a speciﬁc occupation or profession.
The question asked if it was a violation of 188.8.131.52 if the certificate is required to practice a certain aspect of a profession? The answer is no.
This clause prevents a certificate issuer from making misleading and confusing claims about the type of credential granted. The certificate issuer should state that a certificate is issued for the attainment of an educational program's intended learning. They should not state the certificate holder is certified or licensed (or anything other than that a certificate was issued) since those credentials are not the outcome of a certificate program. However, if the attainment of a certificate is required by some entity for individuals to act in a certain role, that is a different issue and is fine. A certificate issuer can state what regulations or employers require related to the certificate is since these are truthful and not misleading statements.