****Over the last few months, the National Accreditation Council has been reviewing a number of training programs from providers across the country for the purpose of determining which of those meet the requirements of the National Occupational Standards. The Council came to the conclusion that none of the reviewed programs adequately dealt with issues of liability and contracts. The National Certification Authority has accepted the suggestion that this section of the NOS not be a required component of a trainer’s curriculum. Instead, Certification candidates will have to demonstrate that they have received this type of training somewhere. This training may be obtained from seminars such as the one that will be held in Calgary, but could also be obtained from other sources, including local association meetings and seminars, stand-alone courses, or supplements to existing training.
To summarise, people who apply to be National Certificate Holders will have to demonstrate they they meet this requirement of the NOS. This may be accomplished through the background review process, but simply taking one of the programs that will soon be accredited by the National Certification Authority will not be sufficient in itself. We appreciate that the conference organizers are taking a proactive approach to make sure that training of this type will be available to attendees, but we want to alleviate any concern that this is the only offering of a seminar that will meet this requirement, or that people who do not attend will be denied eventual status as a National Certificate Holder.
On another note, the National Certification Authority expects to have a report detailing the Pilot Project experience out to CAHPI Member Bodies within two weeks. This is an exciting time, and we look forward to your comments and feedback when it is released.
Graham Clarke, P.Eng., RHI
Chair - National Certification Authority****