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Standards Engineering Society Revises Certification

August 24, 2006

The Standards Engineering Society (SES) announced that it is has expanded and revised its certification program to encourage mentoring and advancement among newcomers to the standards profession, as well as to modify the requirements for certification.

“The field of standards management is growing rapidly as our global economy demands the development of a common language for engineered products that have universal applications,” said SES President Jim Walters. “This growth in standards development has placed an increased focus on the standards profession, and prompted our organization to revise our certification requirements to demonstrate our commitment toward continuous improvement. This revised program is good news for standards professionals and the businesses and associations who hire them.”

Those certified by the Standards Engineering Society have proven that they possess specific expertise in four categories recognized by the Society – Standards Development, Standards Application, Standards Management, and Standards Information. To earn the Certified Standards Professional (CStd) designation, SES has modified the training, education, and experience requirements to better reflect the real world environment for how standards are developed, applied, and managed.

To address the changing demographics of the profession caused by rapid growth in this field, SES has developed a new certification designation, Associate Standards Professional (AStd), which can be earned by entry- or associate-level standards professionals.

“While these professionals do not have the years of experience required for full certification, they must demonstrate a competent level of knowledge and capability in developing standards,” said Walters. “Our goal for developing a certification program for those entering the standards field is to provide these professionals with mentoring opportunities and to guide them toward achieving full certification.”

Other revisions made to the SES Certification Program include:
Better definition of paper submittal requirements to promote the quality of publications and ensure that submitted papers are equal to peer-reviewed requirements promoted by other leading professional societies; and,
Recognition of training and experience of standards development organization staff members.

For further information, contact the Standards Engineering Society at 305-971-4798 or visit the web site at www.ses-standards.org.

Established in 1947, the Standards Engineering Society is a not-for-profit professional membership society whose mission is to promote the use of standards and to enhance the knowledge of standardization.

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