Certification and Licensure Exams Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

Licensing and Certifications

PROFESSIONAL LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONS

Under the laws of every state in the United States, certain professions require practitioners to obtain a license issued pursuant to state licensing guidelines.

Accountants, attorneys, engineers and physicians, in particular, must satisfy stringent requirements and attain a satisfactory score on professional licensing exams that individual states have established to qualify professionals intending to practice, which vary widely from state to state, in addition to satisfying any necessary educational degree requirements as a prerequisite to register for any licensing exam.

Precisely because the applicable statutes and specific scoring requirements vary between states, there is no national minimum standard for licensure, and practitioners must generally acquire a license in every state one wishes to practice, with certain limited exceptions that allow practitioners licensed in other states to participate in projects, represent clients or treat patients in other states. Nevertheless, the actual licensing exams for Certified Public Accountants, Professional Engineers,

Medical Doctors and Attorneys are standardized across the country.

Certified Public Accountant:

Prospective Certified Public Accountants must achieve a passing score on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam administered by the Board of Examiners of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The examination fee for the Uniform CPA Exam varies from state to state, but for illustrative purposes, New

York State charges a $125 Registration Fee and separate Examination Fees for the four individual sections of the exam as follows: Auditing and Attestation $134.50,

Business Environment and Concepts $100.50, Financial Accounting and Reporting

126.00 and Regulation $109.00 (NASBA).

Attorney:

Law School graduates must achieve a passing score on the bar exam administered by the Board of Bar Examiners of the particular state in which they wish to practice. State Boards of Bar Examiners vary widely in the subjects tested, with some states testing only the six "multi-state" subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts,

Criminal Law, Evidence and Torts. Other states (New York and California, for example) test more than twenty different subjects including the specific laws of their respective jurisdictions. Many states also require candidates to pass the Multi-state

Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), which must be scheduled separately in some states, but which is capable of satisfaction prior to graduation in others. The fee for the bar exam varies widely from state to state: for example, the fee in New York is 250, while many other states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware charge

500 (TULS).

Professional Engineer:

Engineering graduates must successfully pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in order to become an Engineering Intern (EI) or an Engineer-in-Training (EIT). Individual states impose their own specific regulations and requirements, but generally, a period of professional internship is required prior to eligibility for the second phase of the examination process, the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam as the final step to licensure as a Professional Engineer.

States also vary in the examination fees, but a typical breakdown is represented by the state of Maine which imposes fees of $120 for the Fundamentals of Engineering

Exam and $170 for the Principles and Practices of Engineering Exam (NCEES).

Physician:

Medical school graduates must satisfy the specific requirements of the particular state in which they wish to practice, because individual states impose different requirements and possible test combinations to satisfy their licensure requirements. Generally, the United States Medical License Exam consists of three sections (Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3), administered through the Federation of State

Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

Examination fees are as follows: Step 1 $435, Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge) $435, and Step 3 (Clinical Skills) $975 (FSMB/NBME).

Voluntary Certification:

Wholly apart from regulatory licensing required under law, numerous professions and subsets of various professions have established their own voluntary certifications" and membership in professional associations. Some of these voluntary certifications are legitimate organizations whose members have demonstrated the acquisition of verifiable degrees of expertise in specific areas of their professional practice within a regulated field, such as Professional Engineers, who specialize in Environmental Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Corrosion

Engineering and Traffic Engineering. Likewise, licensed Medical Doctors may apply for voluntary Board Certification from the American Medical Association in areas of specialty and expertise, and licensed Attorneys may apply for certification and membership in various recognized specialty practices such as the Association of Trial

Lawyers, which is recognized by the American Bar Association. Certified specialties are not legally required, but generally, the Engineering, Law, and Medical industries recognize membership in specialty areas and they are considered very respected credentials within their respective fields.

Provided they entail no intrusion into regulated professional services, voluntary "certification" is not usually subject to regulatory laws. Whereas the recognized voluntary specialized certification within well established and regulated fields such as Engineering, Medicine and Law usually uphold the same professional standards of the parent industry, this is not necessarily the case in other fields, particularly those subject to no government regulation whatsoever.

Certified Traffic Engineer:

The Transportation Professional Certification Board, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization incorporated in the District of Columbia (SPTOE). The requirements for membership include a state license in Civil, Electrical, General or Mechanical Engineering in conjunction with a passing score in an examination administrated by the Transportation Professional Certification Board and requisite membership fees. Additional requirements include either at least four years of practice, specifically within the Traffic Engineering field, or the equivalent of advanced education in lieu of a portion of the necessary practical experience.

Likewise, engineers practicing in countries without licensing requirements for engineers must provide evidence of expertise equivalent to the standards of licensed

Professional Engineer in the United States (NYEDOP).

Certified Floorcovering Installer:

The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association was established in 1993 and boasts 14,000 members a decade later. It administrates various exams and requires different levels of experience for a hierarchical certification status within the organization.

According to the CFI Mission Statement, the purpose of the organization is To identify and certify according to skill and knowledge, Professional Flooring

Installers who will provide Customers with an installation of which they can be proud for many years" (CFI). In all likelihood, non-CFI flooring installers also provide customers with quality flooring installation, and CFI certification is only respected by its own membership base.

Unlike legitimate specialists in Engineering, Law and Medicine, whose expertise is generally recognized and acknowledged by colleagues within their fields, certifying" organizations in completely unregulated fields represents nothing more than the attempt to monopolize segments of the industry. These types of organizations simply exist to collect revenue in the form of examination fees and membership dues. Their ultimate goal is to achieve sufficient membership so that eventually, they become recognizable enough to creates the (usually erroneous) perception that only "certified" members of the organization are qualified to provide competent services. Typically, these organizations also lobby manufacturers for the inclusion of a "seal of approval" such as CFI's "Installation Assurance Program"

IAP) to further the perception that its absence suggests lesser quality work or materials.

Personal Trainer Certification:

Perhaps no better example of abuse of voluntary certification within a completely unregulated industry are the various certification programs available for personal trainers" working in gyms and health clubs throughout this country.

There is absolutely no standardization between the many certifying agencies such as ACE, ACSM, NSCA, NASM and IFPA. Typically, these organizations collect an exorbitant fee for study materials and certification exams, and a few days or weeks) of classes. In some cases, the actual exam consists of nothing more than multiple choice, or even true-false questions that have virtually nothing to do with anything relevant to competency in the field, and no classes or practical training in the field is required to take most of the exams (IFPA).

Indeed, someone without the…[continue]

Some Sources Used in Document:

"Federation-of-State-Medical-Boards" 

Cite This Term Paper:

"Certification And Licensure Exams" (2004, March 31) Retrieved December 5, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/certification-and-licensure-exams-166245

"Certification And Licensure Exams" 31 March 2004. Web.5 December. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/certification-and-licensure-exams-166245>

"Certification And Licensure Exams", 31 March 2004, Accessed.5 December. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/certification-and-licensure-exams-166245

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Professional Exams Today s Careers Are

    These categories are: Bachelors (Baccalaureate social work degree upon graduation, Masters (Master's degree in social work-MSW with no post-degree experience), Advanced Generalist (MSW with two years post-master's supervised experience), and Clinical (MSW with two years post-master's direct clinical social work experience). (ASWB) The content of the ASWB changes depending on the level of the test administration. In general the content of all tests contain a section on human development and

  • Laws and Rules in State Licensing and or Certification

    Counseling Describe the criteria and standards for becoming a licensed professional counselor in your state of proposed practice. Include educational and experiential requirements for licensure, and the scope of practice for the selected state of practice. In the state of Florida an individual will need to earn a graduate degree from a program that has been accredited by CACREP. It must be a mental health counseling degree, as opposed to another specialty.

  • Standards for Nurses in Delaware

    Delaware Board of Nursing (DeBON): The role of the nurse The Delaware Board of Nursing (DeBON) is part of the larger Delaware system of state regulation of all professions and jobs that interact with the public. The purpose of the "Division of Professional Regulation is to ensure the protection of the public's health, safety and welfare, by providing administrative and investigative services that serve the citizens of Delaware, professional licensees,

  • Public Accounting Corporate Accounting and

    This role is in response to clients' demands for a single trustworthy individual or firm to meet all of their financial needs. However, accountants are restricted from providing these services to clients whose financial statements they also prepare." (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009) 1. Public Accounting The work entitled: "The Reality of the CPA's Role" states that modern CPAs work "behind the scenes as trusted advisors in

  • Certified Public Accountant CPA Accountants

    In addition, there is no requirement, per se, for a master's degree; Within the total hour requirement, 36 semester hours of accounting and/or tax courses above the principles level and 39 semester hours of general business courses, including six semester hours in business law (Uniform CPA Exam). The Uniform CPA Examination consists of four sections: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and

  • Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles and Practice

    Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles and Practice Nurses interview guideline It is imperative to have specific markers that will aid in executing an interview for an applicant wishing to be employed as a nurse. This will aid in getting the right person for the job, such that the individual will perform above and beyond the duties assigned to him/her. Education competency is the most vital marker, which should be supplemented by other

  • Healthcare Team

    Healthcare Team Members HEALTH CARE TEAM The healthcare team is assembled and trained to meet the special needs of patients and their families (Ezziane, et al., 2012). A skilled health care team can consist of doctors, nurses and many other health care professionals. A patient may encounter many different team members, each playing a special role in delivering quality care (Allen, 2009). Attending Physicians (M.D., Doctor of Medicine) are experts in very specialized


Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved