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Certification Council Policy

Purpose

The Certification Council is the standard-setting body for certification. All policy decision relating to certification matters are the sole decision of the Council and are not subject to approval by any other body. The Certification Council has sole responsibility for examination development; administration and fees; candidate eligibility; cut-off scores; conduct of meetings; dissemination of information; contractual arrangements; and appeals based on due process.


Certification Council Structure

The council will be made up of three committees; the Governing Body, Exam Construction Committee and an Item Writing Committee. These three committees will have independent functions as specified below.


Certification Council Governing Body

The Certification Council Governing Body is responsible for overall oversight of the certification program including budgeting, psychometric consultant oversight, policy and procedure setting and enforcement. The Governing Body should meet 3-4 times per year.

Composition: The Governing Body is composed of seven or more members, whose appointment or removal, with or without cause, shall be proposed by the Chair of the Council and approved by the President of Lamaze International.  The Exam Construction Committee Chair, Item Writing Committee Chair, Education Council Chair (ex officio, non-voting) and Accreditation Council Chair (ex officio, non-voting) will be members of the governing body.  At least one of the members of the Governing Body will be a public member and the remaining members should be a diverse representation (areas of expertise and geographically) of the target audience.

Terms: The Chair of the Certification Governing Body is appointed for a three-year term by the President of the Board of Directors with a limit of two terms.  The Governing Body members are appointed by the chair for a three-year term with a limit of two terms.

 Qualification of the Certification Council Governing Body Chair

The Chair of the Certification Council shall meet the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience on the Certification Council. 
  • LCCE status (preferred).
  • Expertise in test development and item construction.
  • Experience in test statistics and psychometric interpretation.
  • Demonstrated educational background (Doctoral level preferred).
  • Ability to lead and direct small groups.

Responsibilities of the Chair of the Certification Council include:

  • Supervise and direct the affairs of the Certification Council, in accordance with the established bylaws and policies.
  • Attend and preside at all meetings of the Certification Council Governing Body, and prepare agendas for meetings in collaboration with the chief staff person.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of all Certification Council committees.
  • Approve the selection and evaluate the Councils chief staff person; and support and communicate regularly with the chief staff person.
  • Prepare an annual budget for the Certification Program, developed in collaboration with the chief staff person, and chair of the Exam Development Committee. Present funding requests to the Lamaze International Board of Directors.
  • Serve as ex-officio, non-voting member of the Education Council Governing Body, and provide written or verbal reports on Certification Program affairs at these meeting.
  • Prepare a report in collaboration with Chair of the Exam Construction Committee and Item Writing Committee of the Certification Council activities for the Lamaze International Annual Meeting and the public-at-large, and represent the Certification Council on all matters related to certification.
  • Assume such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Certification Council Governing Body.
  • Prepare the next Chair for the responsibilities of the position.

Qualifications of the Governing Body Members

LCCE Members

    • Minimum of one-year experience on the Exam Development Committee or Item Writing Committee.
    • Minimum of three years’ experience in childbirth education.
    • LCCE status.
    • Knowledge of test development and item construction.
    • Knowledge of test statistics and psychometric interpretation.

Public Member

Public member participation on the Certification Council Governing Body is intended to help assure that the awarding of Lamaze International certification to childbirth educators is responsive to consumer needs, as well as the needs of interested professionals. A public member of the Certification Council Governing Body shall meet the following qualifications:

    • Interested in and/or previous experience as an advocate for the public interest.
    • A consumer of childbirth education (i.e., attended Lamaze classes), and experience in health issues, testing or credentialing, preferred.
    • Not a member of another health profession.
    • Neither the public member or their immediate family may be:
      • A current or previous member, or an employer or employee of individuals certified by Lamaze International or in the profession of childbirth education.
      • An employee of any certifying agency.
      • Currently deriving more than five percent of total income from the profession of childbirth education, or have done so in any of the five years preceding appointment.
      • Currently providing contract services to Lamaze International, or have done so in any of the five years preceding appointment.

Responsibilities of the Governing Body Members

  • Attend Certification Council meetings and participate in conference calls.
  • Participate actively in Certification Council activities.
  • Vote on Certification Council policy and program issues.
  • Serve as a resource of knowledge and counsel to the Chair, Executive Director, committees, and other Council members.
  • Review and respond to all action and information requests from the Executive office.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Governing Body and committee chairs.
  • Represent the Certification Council at the request of the Chair.
  • Chair and serve on committees as appointed.

Full Governing Body Composition:

  • Governing Body Chair
  • Exam Construction Chair
  • Item Writing Committee Chair
  • Four or more At-Large Members
  • Education Council Chair (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Accreditation Council Chair (ex officio, non-voting)

*One of the members of the governing body has to be a public member.


Exam Construction Committee

Responsible for the construction of the Lamaze certification exam and oversight of the item bank management.


Terms

The Chair of the Exam Construction Committee is appointed for a three-year term by the Governing Body Chair with a limit of two terms.  The Exam Development Committee members are appointed for a three-year term by the Exam Development Committee Chair and may be reappointed with a limit of two terms.

Qualification for the Exam Construction Committee Chair

  • Minimum of one-year experience on the Item Writing Committee.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in childbirth education.
  • LCCE status.
  • Expertise in test development and item construction.
  • Expertise in test statistics and psychometric interpretation.
  • Demonstrated educational background.
  • Ability to lead small groups.

Responsibilities of the Exam Construction Committee Chair

  • Attend and chair scheduled meetings of the Exam Construction Committee.
  • Review competency statements, test outline and item percentages in collaboration with other members of the Exam Construction Committee.
  • Review inventory of item bank yearly and communication to the item writing committee on what items are needed prior to each item writing meeting.
  • Approve final draft of examination.
  • Review content and statistics of flagged items with psychometric consultant.
  • Serve as a liaison to staff and psychometric consultant to resolve exam related issues and concerns.
  • Assist the Chair of the Certification Council with budget and development.

Qualification of the Exam Construction Committee Members

  • Expertise in childbirth education.
  • LCCE status.
  • Experience in item writing and/or psychometrics.
  • Ability to work in groups.

Responsibilities of the Exam Construction Committee Members

  • Attend scheduled meetings of the Exam Construction Committee.
  • Review and approve competency statements, test outline and item percentages in collaboration with other members of the Exam Construction Committee.
  • Review all new potential test items for inclusion in the exam.
  • Complete special assignments as designated such as verification of references, examination review, or item writing and editing.
  • Construct exam forms for each examination in accordance with the blue print.

Full Committee Composition:

  • Exam Construction Chair
  • Certification Council Chair
  • Item Writing Committee Chair
  • At-large Member
  • At-large Member

*At large members may not simultaneously serve on the Item Writing Committee or Governing Body.


Item Writing Committee

The committee will be responsible for item writing and review of submitted items from total LCCE educator population to ensure the item bank is representative of the seven competencies and the exam blueprint. The committee will convene at least once a year and will include year-round participation with review of submitted items by LCCE educators.

Qualification for the Item Writing Committee Chair

  • Minimum of one-year experience on the Item Writing Committee.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in childbirth education.
  • LCCE status.
  • Expertise in test development and item construction.
  • Expertise in test statistics and psychometric interpretation.
  • Demonstrated educational background.
  • Ability to lead small groups.

Responsibilities of the Item Writing Committee Chair

  • Attend and chair Item Writing Meetings and Workshops, in person and virtually.
  • Review inventory of item bank yearly.
  • Review item bank to assess what items need to be written and reviewed. Ensure there is a balanced amount of items in each competency.

Qualification of the Item Writing Committee Members (with exception to the Public Member)

  • Expertise in childbirth education.
  • LCCE status.
  • Ability to work in groups.
  • Interest in item writing and/ or psychometrics

Terms

The Item Writing committee will be appointed annually for a 1-year term to ensure rotation, broad representation and new member participation. At-large members can be reappointed to another term. After 3 years on the committee the appointment will be reviewed. A minimum of three new people should join the committee annually.

Responsibility of the Item Writing Committee:

  • Attend scheduled meetings of the Item Writing Committee.
  • Review submitted items from the membership.
  • Write new items per the blue print and prescribed “needed” topics from the databank review.
  • Consult on item bank questions/reclassifications etc.
  • Revise flagged items as necessary
  • Once trained, host an item writing session in your local areas and submit the items to the Item Writing Committee.

Full Composition of the Item Writing Committee:

  • Item Writing Committee Chair
  • Exam Construction Committee Chair
  • Certification Council Governing Body Chair
  • Exam High Scorer
  • Invited Lamaze Accredited Program Director
  • Up to five At-large Members

*At large members should represent a mix of experience, subject matter expertise, diverse populations with international and geographical representation etc.


Psychometric Consultant

Qualifications of the Psychometric Consultant

  • Demonstrated educational background and psychometric expertise in exam development, scoring and analysis, and test-item data bank management.

Responsibilities Psychometric Consultant

As an independent contractor or vendor, the Psychometric Consultant will provide the following services:

  • Maintain and manage the test item data bank (English, Spanish and Romanian), including newest item entry, item editing, and maintaining data bank activity record.
  • Prepare the exam for electronic based testing and produce camera-ready copies as necessary for a minimum of two English and 1 Spanish exams for two administrations each year. Other translated forms may also need to be developed for the fall exam depending on eligibility.
  • Prepare other language forms as necessary and approved.
  • Participate and advise on telephone conference calls following initial scoring of exam.
  • Score exams and produce score reports.
  • Prepare exam analysis reports, including candidate demographic profiles and program summary statistics.
  • Coordinate with staff regarding materials for Certification Council meetings.
  • Attend and provide psychometric consultation during Certification Council meetings, including Governing Body, Item Writing and Exam Construction meetings as necessary.
  • Advise Certification Council concerning policies and procedures related to exam development.
  • Serve as a technical resource to staff on the certification exam, job analysis and item data bank.

Term of the Psychometric Consultant

The Psychometric Consultant is engaged as an independent contractor or vendor with an annual contract for services. The Chair, in consultation with the chief staff person and the Chair of the Exam Development Committee, appoints the Psychometric Consultant and evaluates the services provided.

 

Approved: June 2018
Updated: 12/5/2018