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    • 27 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • American Planning Association 205 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60601

    Credentials are increasing in both types and numbers.
    Where do we go from here?

    Certification Network Group (CNG) Chicago Quarterly Meeting
    Chicago, IL

    Join the Chicago CNG on February 27, 2019 to learn about two new organizations that focus on these issues:

    Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is collaborating with industry, government, and training/education partners to improve the quality, effectiveness and market value of credentials. Roy A. Swift, PhD, Executive Director of Workcred, will be presenting the background and current activities of Workcred.

    Credential Engine provides a centralized Credential Registry to house up-to-date information on credentials, with a common language to allow credential comparability. Students, employers, job-seekers, workers, and the public can search and retrieve information on credentials from the institutions issuing the credentials including educational institutions, training programs and credentialing organizations. Donald Balasa will be presenting information on Credential Engine.


    Roy A. Swift, Ph.D. COL, Retired
    Executive Director

    Dr. Swift is currently the Executive Director of Workcred and the former Chief Workforce Development Officer at the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). His previous position at ANSI was the senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs.  It is under this program that ANSI was selected as the accreditor for DOD Directive 8570.  Prior to ANSI, he was a consultant to educational, certification, licensure and health care organizations.  From 1993-1998 he was executive director of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  This appointment followed a 28-year career in the United States Army Medical Department.  In his last position, he was Chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps in the Army Surgeon General’s Office with policy responsibility for Army occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians and physician assistants throughout the world.

    He has served on many national committees, non-profit Boards of Directors and federal and state government advisory committees.  He has served as chaired the Assembly of Review Committee Chairs of the former Council on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association, Chair, American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Committee (Academic Accreditation), and on the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Certification.  Dr. Swift has also served on an Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Panel dealing with Provision of Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE and a planning committee for the future of Allied Health Practice and “What constitutes a Quality Undergraduate Education?”.

    Chaired an international working group within the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to recognize personnel certifications among member countries through the development of multilateral recognition arrangements. This work has been completed.  In addition, he is active on working groups related to personnel credentialing in the International Organizational for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland and a guest lecturer at the University of Geneva on credentialing.

    His educational preparation includes a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of  Kansas, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Southern California, a Ph.D. in Continuing and Vocational Education with an emphasis in continuing competency in the professions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and successfully completed the University of Chicago’s three week Management Development course.

    Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA

    Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, has served as CEO and Legal Counsel of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) since 1990. He served previously as Staff Attorney for the American Dental Assistants Association.  

    Don received both his baccalaureate and law degrees from Northwestern University, and his MBA in economics from the University of Chicago.

    He has served as Chair of the NCCA, and of the ICE Government Affairs Committee, and is currently serving as a member of the Certification and Licensure Advisory Group of Credential Engine.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

    Mr. Balasa has taught evening courses in constitutional law, comparative government, international human rights, and association management at the DePaul University Graduate School of Business and Trinity International University.

    Today’s credentialing marketplace continues to grow. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. What does this mean for your credentialing programs?

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    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 1401 H St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005

    Improving Organizational Innovation, One Team at a Time

    Certification Network Group (CNG) 

    Washington D. C. Event

    Does your organization need a million-dollar idea? Does the need for innovation come up regularly in staff meetings? They say culture eats strategy for breakfast, so why not focus on the culture needed to breed innovation as a starting point?

    This session will explore how one association created the culture needed to innovate and developed solutions that became new business assets.

    Highly effective teams are those where individuals can maximize doing what they do best. This session will reveal how the culture of experimentation and customer-centric design helped an association solve the critical problem of creating diverse committees and teams of SMEs and bring the innovation to market as a new source of revenue.

    NCARB’s high stakes exam demanded strategically filling positions to maximize skills and talent within their volunteer SME talent pool. By solving their internal need to increase the diversity of volunteer teams—not just in gender and ethnicity, but also experience, education, firm size and geography—NCARB created a marketable product that has broad applicability in multiple industries. Come and learn about the cultural shift that needed to take place inside an organization to go from exam publisher to product company.


    Jared N. Zurn, AIA, NCARB, Director, Examination 

    Joined the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in 2008 as assistant director, ARE development. He has been involved with all aspects of the examination including development, operations, security, and implementation of ARE 5.0.

    Promoted to director in 2013, Zurn is an advocate for transparency into the examination with a focus on refining the efficiency of the process while maintaining high standards and measurement quality.

    Before joining NCARB, Zurn operated a sole proprietorship in northwest Minnesota. He also served as faculty of the Architectural Technology program and division chair at Minnesota State Community and Technical College where he led the Architectural Technology program in the areas of curriculum development, course assessment, and program outcome assessment. Zurn earned his professional degree from North Dakota State University.

    Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate

    Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate joined National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in April 2007 as the assistant director, Information Systems. With over 25 years of IT experience both in Argentina and the United States, Guillermo has been leading the development and implementation of technology for companies in industries such as engineering, urban development, healthcare, banking, international commerce, marketing, government, NGOs, and regulation.

    In August 2009, Guillermo was promoted to director, Information Systems to lead the modernization of the Council’s technology, including the website, line of business applications, infrastructure, and helpdesk.

    In January 2017, Guillermo was promoted to Chief Innovation & Information Officer with new responsibilities in innovation and business development, specifically the commercialization of NCARB’s technology.

    Guillermo holds BS in Information Technology and an MBA from Carey School of Business at the Johns Hopkins University.

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