Update on the Testing and Certification Risk Assessment
Anna Witter-Merithew, M.Ed.
CSC, SC:L, OIC:C, SC:PA, CI and CT
Interim Executive Director
On November 1, 2015 the headquarters staff will deliver to the RID Board of Directors (BOD) the Testing and Certification Risk Assessment. The purpose of the assessment is two-fold: first, to provide the BOD with a high level analysis of a variety of programmatic, governance, operational, and fiscal vulnerabilities that exist relating to testing and certification, and second, to offer an analysis of countermeasures that are available to RID for addressing these vulnerabilities and reducing RID’s risks.
An example of vulnerability is the backlog in rating of performance exams. An example of a countermeasure might be to find more efficient ways of rating exams or to increase the number of individuals available to rate on a consistent basis. Risk occurs when the vulnerabilities are persistent and/or reoccurring and result in loss or harm.
The report is the culmination of review, research, and analysis conducted by both staff and consultants. It will be the second of three assessments headquarters is preparing for the board. The first was the NOLA 15 Conference Risk Assessment that addressed the implications and options associated with the anticipated loss related to hotel sleep rooms and the viability of proceeding with the convention. The third will be an analysis of RID’s biennial conference structure/governance/operations and alternative formats and delivery approaches that may better serve, in a more relevant way, the association and its membership.
These assessments are a crucial element to the BOD’s decision-making process related to the sustainability of current programs and services. Analyzing current practices and approaches is an exercise in fiduciary responsibility that aims to ensure RID’s relevance to the members, the profession and the community we serve.
There are various findings that were relied on in preparing the Testing and Certification Risk Assessment—including findings from the following.
- A 15-year