7 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Allied Health Certification Agency
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7 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Allied Health Certification Agency

Not all allied health certification agencies are the same, so it’s important to do your research before choosing the right one for you. Keep these key questions in mind when evaluating a certification provider.

Not all allied health certification agencies are the same, so it’s important to do your research before choosing the right one for you. Keep these key questions in mind when evaluating a certification provider.

1. Does the certification agency have a solid reputation in the industry?

A credential should be conferred through an organization known for its expertise and years of experience in the industry, leading to a positive reputation among employers. A simple review of local job boards and state regulations should provide a good indication of the desirability of the credential.

 

2. Does the agency have a mission to improve patient care?

Health care credentials that are designed and administered through a not-for-profit professional association have a sole purpose of serving and protecting patients, not shareholders. Let the true mission of the certification agency guide your decision.

 

3. Is the certification exam administered in the most secure environment?

It is in your best interest to work with an agency that protects the integrity of its credential. Health care credentials are considered high-stakes because of their impact on patient care. The testing environment, therefore, should exhibit the highest level of security. That is why AMT partners with a highly regarded third-party testing company, PearsonVUE for administration of all AMT exams.

 

4. Does the agency ensure that certified individuals meet the eligibility requirements?

Some agencies only check a random sample of applicant records. Be sure that the agency you choose carefully reviews each and every individual’s application and supporting documentation to confirm that the candidate actually meets the eligibility requirements. Doing so not only protects the integrity of the credential but also ensures that high standards are consistently met.

 

5. Is the certification agency accredited through a reputable organization?

A respectable certification agency will be evaluated and accredited through an independent, third-party organization, such as the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Make sure that the accrediting organization is nationally recognized and requires agencies to follow the most rigorous standards.

 

6. Does the agency offer flexible and practical routes to certification?

Some agencies have a practical approach to certification and recognize the value of real-world experience. These agencies offer flexible routes to certification, including the allowance of work experience toward meeting the eligibility requirements for certification.

 

7. Is the agency easy to do business with?

Look for an agency with a streamlined certification process and an accessible and friendly customer service team. Determine if they offer resources like practice tests, status reports and flexible transaction options.

 

Learn more about AMT certification and why it’s the right choice to advance your allied health career.

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