11May

7 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Agency for Certification in Allied Health

Not all allied health certification agencies are the same, so it’s important to do your research upfront. Keep these key questions in mind when evaluating a certification provider.

1. Does the certification agency have a solid reputation in the industry?

A credential should be conferred through an organization known for its expertise and years of experience in the industry, leading to a positive reputation among employers. A simple review of local job boards and state regulations should provide a good indication of the desirability of the credential.

2. Does the agency have a mission to improve patient care?

Health care credentials that are designed and administered through a not-for-profit professional association have a sole purpose of serving and protecting patients, not its shareholders. Let the true mission of the certification agency guide your decision.

3. Is the certification exam administered in the most secure environment?

It is in the best interest of the certificant to work with an agency that protects the integrity of its credential. Health care credentials are considered “high-stakes” because of their impact on patient care. The testing environment, therefore, should exhibit the highest level of security. Testing in a school or on a home computer are not considered appropriate testing environments for these types of exams.

4. Does the agency ensure that certified individuals meet the eligibility requirements?

Some agencies only check a random sample of applicant records. Be sure that the agency you choose carefully reviews each and every individual’s application and supporting documentation to confirm that the candidate actually meets the eligibility requirements. Doing so not only protects the integrity of the credential but also ensures that high standards are consistently met.

5. Is the certification agency accredited through a reputable organization?

A respectable certification agency will be evaluated and accredited through an independent third-party organization, such as the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Make sure that the accrediting organization is nationally recognized and requires agencies to follow the most rigorous standards.

6. Does the agency offer flexible and practical routes to certification?

Some agencies have a practical approach to certification and recognize the value of real-world experience. These agencies offer a flexible combination of routes, which can be applied toward meeting the eligibility requirements for certification.

7. Is the agency easy to do business with?

Look for an agency with a streamlined certification process and an accessible and friendly customer service team to assist if the need arises. Determine if they offer resources like practice tests, status reports and flexible transaction options.

Learn more about AMT certification and why it’s the right choice to advance your allied health career.

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