Understanding the differences in certification types is important before pursuing any online education program. MMS University provides assessment-based certificates in compliance with ICE 1100 standards. ICE (Institute for Credentialing Excellence) is a professional membership association that provides education, networking, and other resources for organizations and individuals who work in and serve the credentialing industry. ICE is a leading developer of standards for both certification and certificate programs and is a provider of information on trends in certification, test development and delivery, assessment-based certificate programs, and other information relevant to the credentialing community.
The ICE 1100 standard specifies essential requirements for certificate programs and provides guidance to program providers, consumers, and others on what defines a high-quality program.
The focus of an assessment-based certification program is on education and training, with the intent of the assessment being verification that specific education or training was met.
MMS University is currently pursuing an ICE 1100 accreditation standard.
Assessment-based certificates are awarded on attending a course with a systematic assessment.
Certificates of Attendance awarded based on attending a particular training session and/or completing a course or specified courses.
Standards for granting the award are based on course content as demonstrated by the student’s participation.
Certificate and certification programs are designed to meet different needs. For example, the organization that aims to recognize professionals who meet established knowledge, skills, or competencies (as in certification) may be missing an opportunity to build capacity and recognition of a specialty area of practice or set of skills (as in many certificate programs).
Each program type is not more or less rigorous than another, they simply serve different purposes and may require different business approaches, governance structures, and development processes.