Role of Standards in Bringing Order to the Chaotic Credentialing Marketplace
It is estimated that there are more than 650,000 unique types of credentials (e.g., certifications, badges, degree programs) offered in the United States, yet there is no standard terminology when describing them. The problem is intensified when new types of credentials, like microcredentials, nanodegrees, and MicroMasters pop up, with no standards to set a common ground for developing them. However, this proliferation of credential types provides several opportunities for standards developers: one opportunity is to consider whether standards need to be developed for these different types of credentials, and another is to explore how SES can use different credential types to prepare the next generation of standards professionals. Join SES, Workcred, and ANSI on May 15, 2019, to learn more about workforce credentials and how credentials can support the education and training of standards professionals.
Roy A. Swift, Ph.D. COL, Retired
Executive Director, Workcred
Dr. Roy Swift is currently the executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Previously, he served as the chief workforce development officer at ANSI, and as ANSI’s senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs. Prior to ANSI, he was a consultant to educational, certification, licensure, and health care organizations. From 1993-1998, he was executive director of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). This appointment followed a 28-year career in the United States Army Medical Department, where in his last position, he was chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps in the Army Surgeon General’s Office with policy responsibility for Army occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, and physician assistants throughout the world.
He has served on many national committees, non-profit Boards of Directors, and federal and state government advisory committees. He currently serves as a member of the Apprenticeship Powered by Industry Leadership Committee hosted by Maher & Maher and the U.S. Department of Labor; the George Washington Institute of Public Policy Non-Degree Credentials Advisory Committee; the Job Data Exchange Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and the Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute’s Executive Advisory Council.
Previously, he served as chair of the Certification and Licensure Advisory Group at Credential Engine; chair of the Assembly of Review Committee Chairs of the former Council on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association; chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Committee (Academic Accreditation); and on the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Certification. Dr. Swift also recently served on an Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Panel dealing with Provision of Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE, and a planning committee for the future of Allied Health Practice.
In addition, Dr. Swift has chaired an international working group within the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to recognize personnel certifications among member countries through the development of multilateral recognition arrangements. He was also involved in working groups related to personnel credentialing with the International Organizational for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Geneva on credentialing.
Dr. Swift holds a B.S. in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in continuing and vocational education with an emphasis in continuing competency in the professions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also successfully completed the University of Chicago’s three-week management development course.