Accreditation Standards: Examination-Based Certification

Examination-Based Certification Programs

Overview of Accreditation Standards for Examination-Based Certification Programs

Organizations submitting application for initial accreditation AND organizations submitting application for reaccreditation of examination-based certification programs on or after January 1, 2017, must use the October 6, 2016, ABSNC Accreditation Standards linked below.

Summaries of standards revisions from August and October 2016 also are linked below.


​Organizations submitting application for initial accreditation AND organizations submitting application for reaccreditation of examination-based certification programs on or after January 1, 2018, must use the June 30, 2017, ABSNC Accreditation Standards linked below.

Summaries of standards revisions from June 2017 also are linked below.

Please contact the ABSNC office (info@ABSNC.org) with questions about any of the accreditation programs.

ABSNC has created a helpful template for the tables required for accreditation/reaccreditation of Examination-Based Certification Programs (e.g., item writers in standard 8.2; passing point panel in standard 12.2). Download the template here.