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Certificate Programs, Certifications, and Accreditation:

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Courtyard by Marriott/Fort Lauderdale North 2440 W. Cypress Creek Road • Fort Lauderdale 33309


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Certificate Programs, Certifications, and Accreditation             


                         What You Should Know, Why You Should Care


Compared to the time and cost of obtaining a formal degree, certificate programs provide a fast and inexpensive way to re-skill employees and give bearers a measure of credibility. But does that certificate represent attendance, participation, or the achievement of specified learning outcomes? There are now two bars against which to measure an outcome-focused certificate program’s quality: Standards and Accreditation.


In 2009, two American National Standards for certificate programs were recognized. That same year, third party organizations began accreditation programs. Together they increase workforce quality through outcomes-based learning and identify programs meeting key quality criteria. Some state and federal agencies now require accreditation for their critical training programs.


Relative to certificate program accreditation, this program will focus on how it works, its value, and its future.  In short: why you should care about accreditation.  You will leave this session able to differentiate between certifications and certificate programs, appreciating the value of certificate programs, and understanding how they fit into your overall learning strategy. 


Learning Objectives:


At the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the key differences in the intent and design of certification and certificate programs
  • Know when to use certificate programs and when to use certifications
  • Articulate the value of accreditation to your organization

This event is sponsored by:




Speaker: Kathy Shurte, CPLP


Kathy Shurte (rhymes with Stewart), CPLP, plays many roles in life, including: wife of Kevin (singing cowboy and seventh grade language arts teacher); Performance and Training Manager, and internal consultant for the Florida Department of Transportation – District Four; board member for ASTD’s South Florida Chapter; Book Club member; and Alpine Village Polka Queen.  She also volunteers for ASTD at a national level, and chairs a technical committee for ASTM International.  In May of this year, she moderated a panel discussion on the topic of certificate program accreditation at ASTD’s International Conference and Exposition in Denver, Colorado.


Kathy has worked in the public sector for 13 years; prior to that she held training positions in the telecommunications and travel industries.  Her first career (22 years) was in food service/hospitality.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University.

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