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Christine Niero, PhD

Dr. Niero is the Vice President, Professional Certification and Client Development, and heads the Washington D.C. office for Professional Testing, Inc. Dr. Niero is a senior executive who brings over twenty years of experience in credentialing and non-profit management with a record of highly successful client outcomes. Dr. Niero has demonstrated skills and expertise in developing and implementing viable credentialing programs, policy development, establishing operational and governance structures, optimizing management functions, leadership development, strategic planning, standard setting and accreditation. Dr. Niero is an astute team builder, skilled leader and facilitator with the ability to bring together diverse perspectives.  

Dr. Niero has directed certification programs national in scope and at entry and advanced/specialty levels. Her expertise in credentialing and management has enabled certification programs to sustain significant growth and earn industry recognition. Dr. Niero’s experiences also include representing certification at the level of federal policy and governance, as well as at the state level of recognizing and utilizing professional certification programs. Dr. Niero participated in the recent pilot project launching the new accreditation standards for certificate programs, ASTM E 2659 – 09 Standard Practice for Certificate Program, adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  Dr. Niero served as the primary liaison to a pilot  certificate program which was one of the first to achieve accreditation by ANSI under the ASTM E 2659 standard.

A recognized leader, Dr. Niero frequently provides presentations on the topic of certification, and has presented at major industry meetings such as the Association of Test Publishers, (ATP), the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), the Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR), the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), and the Metropolitan DC area Certification Networking Group.

Dr. Niero serves as the Vice Chair of the Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) world standard for personnel certification, ISO/IEC 17024. Dr. Niero is well versed in the development and implementation of accreditation standards and the establishment of best certification practices for credentialing boards. Dr. Niero is a public member on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, Professional Certification Committee. Dr. Niero currently serves as Vice Chair of the Conference Committee for the Association of Test Publishers (ATP). She is a member of the ASAE Consultants Section Council and past member of the ASAE Professional Development Committee, and the former Chair of the Steering Committee of the Metropolitan D.C. Certification Networking Group. Dr. Niero served as an officer on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) and chaired the Task Force on Recognition for the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, which recognizes specialized accrediting agencies.