Commission for Case Manager Certification Receives Re-Accreditation of its CCM® credential from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

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The prestigious CCM® credential has met recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of the certification program.

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The NCCA re-accredited the Commission for Case Manager Certification’s (the Commission) CCM® credential for a five-year period, expiring November 30, 2019, during its recent meeting.

The Commission received renewal of NCCA accreditation of its CCM credential by submitting an application demonstrating the program’s compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry. To view the standards visit http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/ncca.

ICE's mission is to advance credentialing through education, standards, research, and advocacy to ensure competence across professions and occupations. NCCA was founded as a commission whose mission is to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs that assess professional competence. NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with these standards; recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification.

For the Commission, this means it has renewed its place among an elite group of healthcare certification organizations accredited by ICE. For case managers, this means that the Commission’s certification, the CCM, demonstrates an individual’s professional competence, enhances their employability and career advancement and ultimately protects the public.

“As an organization, the Commission is dedicated to upholding the highest standards for its certification program,” the Commission’s CEO Patrice Sminkey, RN said. “By receiving re-accreditation through NCCA, the Commission demonstrates to its certificants that they are being credentialed by an organization which itself has met rigorous standards. Our accreditation through NCCA further validates and recognizes the CCM as the gold standard in case manager credentialing.”

The Commission validates its CCM certification exam though research. Its recently-completed Role and Function study is being used to help ensure the exam continues to be relevant to today’s practice. The benefits of CCM certification include:

  • Assures that the board-certified case manager has a mastery of key knowledge domains needed to support competent, effective case management;
  • Establishing a research-validated professional standard for individuals in the case management field;
  • Assisting employers in making more informed hiring decisions;
  • Assisting consumers in making informed decisions about qualified providers; and
  • Protecting the general public through evidence-based practice standards.

Applications for the December, 2015 CCM certification exam are currently being accepted through September 30th. For more information, visit http://www.ccmcertification.org.

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About the Commission for Case Manager Certification
The Commission for Case Manager Certification (the Commission) is the first and largest nationally accredited organization that certifies more than 37,000 professional case managers. The Commission is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that oversees the process of case manager certification with its CCM® credential. The Commission is positioned as the most active and prestigious certification organization supporting the practice of case management. For more information, visit http://www.ccmcertification.org, connect with the Commission on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CCM_Cert.

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