Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) partners with Professional Examination Service for digital credentials

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Premier international organization for regulatory excellence adopts ProExam Vault for certifications

NEW YORK – Dec. 10, 2013 -- Professional Examination Service (ProExam), the most experienced organization in professional licensure and certification services, today announced that the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) will use ProExam Vault to issue digital credentials for its highly regarded National Certified Investigator and Inspector Training (NCIT) certification program.

CLEAR is an association of more than 460 agencies, organizations and individuals involved in regulating professions and occupations, with a mission to improve the quality and understanding of regulation to enhance public protection. Among CLEAR's signature programs for promoting regulatory excellence is the NCIT certification, a series of hands-on programs in investigation and inspection techniques that more than 19,000 professionals have attended.

CLEAR will issue digital credentials using ProExam Vault to individuals who earn one of the four NCIT credentials: the Basic Certification, or one of the Specialized Certifications in Advanced Interviewing, Investigative Analysis, and Investigative Report Development.

Digital credentials issued with ProExam Vault are displayed on the web as industry-standard open badges that conform to the non-profit Mozilla Foundation's Open Badge Infrastructure. The web-based ProExam Vault platform lets CLEAR securely issue and manage digital credentials, and allows NCIT credential holders to store and share their earned credentials as graphical digital "badges" on professional or social networking websites, in digital resumes, or by email. All digital credentials displayed as open badges can easily be verified with a single click.

"Digital credentials are a logical extension of paper credentialing in an increasingly connected world," said Adam Parfitt, Executive Director, CLEAR. "CLEAR wants to provide NCIT certification earners with greater credential flexibility and portability as an added benefit of our program."

"CLEAR's adoption of the ProExam Vault platform is significant in that it signals the importance of digital credentials displayed as open badges to the credentialing industry and credential issuers, overall," said Robert S. Block, President and CEO, Professional Examination Service. "We've worked hard to be the first organization to develop and launch a comprehensive professional digital credentialing solution built on open standards, and we're excited CLEAR will be working with us."

CLEAR is expected to issue its first digital NCIT credentials with ProExam Vault in early 2014.

Background on the operation and history of digital credentials as open badges is available for download in both a visual "explainer" presentation and a related white paper on the site.

About Professional Examination Service

Professional Examination Service (ProExam) is the most experienced organization in professional credentialing, providing comprehensive services and technology to programs across a broad range of professions. Since 1941, ProExam has supported professional licensure and certification, training and continuing professional education with its full, flexible range of assessment and advisory services. ProExam is a not-for-profit organization with uniquely tailored services, a dedication to personal attention and insight into emerging credentialing trends. Learn more at