As an accredited certification program, the NPCP must address fairness throughout all aspects of the program’s functions. Fairness is addressed in test accessibility, delivery, and exam development.
The NPCP is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). This means that the NPCP has provided evidence that the processes applied in all aspects of test creation and administration meet NCCA standards. NCCA standards address fairness in credentialing programs.
Fairness as referenced by the NCCA
- The principle that all applicants and candidates will be treated in an equitable and consistent manner throughout the entire certification process
- A nondiscrimination and fairness policy
- Policies related to fairness should describe adequate protection against discrimination in access to certification under all applicable jurisdictional laws and regulations
- The certification program should ensure the fairness of the examination for all populations. If the program detects potential for unfairness, it should take steps to understand its causes and, if possible, remedy it
No applicant for NPCP certification will be denied on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Reasonable accommodations are provided for candidates who have any sort of impairment e.g., walking, talking, hearing, reading, performing manual tasks, etc. To apply for reasonable accommodations, the candidate must submit documentation provided by an appropriate licensed professional on the professional’s letterhead. The documentation must include a diagnosis of the disability and specific recommendations for accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are considered based on the candidate’s request, disability, documentation submitted, and appropriateness of the request. Reasonable accommodations do not include steps that fundamentally alter the purpose or nature of the examination.
Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
Fairness in exam construction relies heavily on the participation of many professionals representing a broad spectrum of schools, regions, and in the case of Pilates, lineages in every step of exam development. Also critical is the oversight of the process by psychometricians and test development professionals. Throughout the process, these best practices guide the exam construction.
Best practices include:
- Standardization of item development
- Rigorous item review and approval processes
- Ongoing data collection and analysis of exam and item results
- Documentation of test development processes and ongoing evaluation
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