Here’s the Rub
A couple of different things are bugging me today, so hereâ€™s the rub: The NCBTMB referring to their licensing exams as certification exams. There was a period of time when the licensing exams were referred to as the NESLâ€“National Exam for State Licensing.
National Certification, as it previously existed, was retired on Dec. 31, 2012. People who are currently Nationally Certified under the old paradigm have until 2016 to comply with the requirements for the new Board Certification, or lose their â€śoldâ€ť certification. Iâ€™m not sure of the date that the NCBTMB decided to drop the term â€śNESLâ€ť which indicated a licensing exam as opposed to a certification exam, but now that they have dropped that and are just referring to it as the NCETM/NCTMB, to me it is confusing the issue of what certification isâ€“and is not. I spoke my mind about this yesterday to Steve Kirin and Leena Guptha, and they promised to take this under consideration. As Leena pointed out, they have a lot of things that have gone wrong over the years, and they canâ€™t all be rectified overnight. I do hope they change back to the NESLâ€¦in reality they are the same exams, but using the NCETM/NCETMB acronyms has lead people to believe they are Nationally Certified, when in fact they are notâ€“they have simply passed a licensing exam given by that Board, but it is not a certification.
In another development, AMTA sent out a press release this week announcing their new policy of making chapter fees optional. Previously, each chapter has charged whatever they deemed fit for their members to pay. In my state of NC, that was $15â€¦an amount that I found quite reasonable because our chapter rocks! We have a very active organization. READ MORE…