Accreditation Standards: Examination-Based Certification

Examination-Based Certification Programs

Overview of Accreditation Standards for Examination-Based Certification Programs

Organizations submitting application for initial accreditation AND organizations submitting application for reaccreditation of examination-based certification programs are to complete the application linked below.  Where edits affect components that are dependent on cycle time, an effective date of January 1, 2021 will apply. Standards will be reviewed every five years. 

Beginning on January 1, 2024, all applications will be submitted on the ABSNC Certification Management Platform. Organizations with currently accredited programs, that have applications due between January 1, 2024 and July 1, 2024, will be offered a one-time 6-month submission extension. 


Please contact the ABSNC office ( with questions about any of the accreditation programs.

ABSNC has created a helpful template for the tables required for accreditation/reaccreditation of Examination-Based Certification Programs (e.g., item writers in standard 8.2; passing point panel in standard 12.2). Download the template here.