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Educational Courses address key standards, accreditation issues.

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September 9, 2010 - NYC courses will take place October 5 for those considering becoming ANSI-accredited standards developer, October 6 for exploring processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO, and October 7 for obtaining insight/advice on successful ISO committee management. Held in Washington, DC, accreditation workshops will introduce stakeholders to international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 (October 7-8) and American National Standard ASTM E2659-09 (September 23-24).

American National Standards Institute - New York, NY

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ANSI Courses Educate Constituents on Key Issues in Standards and Accreditation

Press release date: September 3, 2010

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) offers a number of workshops and courses to keep constituents apprised of vital information on standards and accreditation activities. Education and Training Courses (held in New York City) Course No. 287, The American Way: The American National Standard (ANS) Development Process October 5 This course is an excellent "nuts and bolts" preparation for those who are considering becoming an ANSI-accredited standards developer. Attendees will learn why U.S. voluntary consensus standards are important, the types of accreditation, all the stages in the standards development process, and how to make the most of participation in standards development. Course 208, The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization October 6 In this course, participants will explore the processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. technical advisory groups (TAGs) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). They will also learn about accreditation, membership, voting requirements, and rules for developing positions, and find out how to be an effective international delegate at ISO committee meetings. Course 205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat October 7 This course will help stakeholders to obtain insight and advice on every aspect of successful ISO committee management. Attendees will increase their understanding of the international standards development process and alternative deliverables, and learn effective management techniques. They will also acquire knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of all committee officers; hear about ANSI's relationship to ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); learn about requirements for ISO committee meetings; and gain helpful hints on preparation for and conduct at meetings. Also covered are special issues for Secretariats, including a review of new ISO electronic management tools. Accreditation Workshops (held in Washington, D.C.) Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop October 7-8 This two-day workshop is designed to introduce interested stakeholders to the international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons. Discussions focus on building an understanding of the standard's requirements, its benefits, and why it has become the benchmark for personnel certification. Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop September 23-24 This two-day workshop will introduce the American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and the Institute's Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). Attendees will learn about the requirements for developing a quality education/training course that has an assessment at the end to determine if the learning outcomes have been achieved. The workshop covers such areas as: terminology, significance and use of the standard, requirements for certificate issuers, and certificate program and certificate issuance and use. For more information about all ANSI training sessions, visit ANSI's education and training page.

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