Research, Strategy and a Solid Start

Organizations considering a credentialing program face myriad questions. How does a credential fit with the mission? Is there demand for a credential? And will the right things be measured?

ProExam’s Research and Advisory Services guide you to the answers for your particular organization and situation. We leverage decades of experience in the services we offer to help ensure that once a program begins, it has the best opportunity for success.

  • Strategic Fit. ProExam knows that the education, experience and examination requirements for a credential reflect back upon your organization. So it’s important your credentialing and organizational missions align. We help you tie the two together at the policy level so they smoothly mesh, with consistency that can guide not only initial credentials, but curriculum, professional development and recertification initiatives.
  • Program Feasibility. ProExam designs and implements studies to evaluate demand for a new credential, from assessment-based certificates and certification programs to specialty or advanced designations. We consider competition, candidates, careers, employers and thought leaders to provide a complete picture. Understanding the resources required, financial viability and size and growth rate of a candidate population contributes to a sound “go/no go” decision.
  • Practice Analysis. ProExam analyzes the professional space in detail. The practice analysis study – also known as a competency profile, job analysis or role delineation – creates the link between the real world and credential test content. We work with content experts to understand the practice area and describe it in terms of competencies/tasks/activities and knowledge/skills, leading to decisions in experience and education required. From the profile validated through a web-based survey of practitioners, sponsors of a program can extract the core for test specifications and examination content. The result is a valid, legally defensible credential that is tied to actual responsibilities and tasks.