In yesterday’s NCARB webinar with NY State someone asked:
Why Prometric told them, NCARB decided not to be on the Prometric Essential list, but many other organizations who do not work with the HSW of the public have made this list and are now considered more essential.
Michelle very awkwardly didn’t answer the question, but passionately defended NCARB. Luckily Martin stepped in and he did a beautiful job of deflecting the question.
He went on to explain the difference between advocacy and regulation. He stated it’s not NCARB’s job to get architecture designated as “essential” in the larger political spectrum. He recommended that ARE Candidates contact the AIA to be their advocates with their State Boards and Governments to have Architecture made “essential”.
I agree with what he said, It’s NCARB’s job to regulate the profession, NOT be a public advocate.
BUT, the larger political spectrum isn’t what the question was about. I’d like to clarify and restate the question.
Currently the ARE exams are being canceled with 2 days notice and people are being kicked to the back of the line, so others can take exams for organizations who DO BELONG to Prometric’s Essential Client Program.
Okay, it makes sense for medical exams being essential in the middle of a national health crisis, but how did these organizations who offer exams make the list:
- American Concrete Institute (ACI)
- Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB)
- International Avian/Animal Trainers Certification Board (IATCB)
- Many Insurance companies
- Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
- American Welding Society (AWS)
- Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
- Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination Program (HWCCP)
- Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
- National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
- and many more…
How did The National Council of Architecture Registration Board FAIL at being added to The Prometric Essential Client Program?????
Yes we understand it’s NCARB’s job to regulate the profession NOT advocate for the profession.
The AIA and State Boards have ZERO control over NCARB and Prometric’s relationship. When the decision to NOT enroll in Prometric’s Essential Client program was made, did the AIA and State Boards have an opportunity to advocate for the profession with this decision?
When Martin puts this situation into the “Advocacy and Regulation” context, it looks like NCARB knowingly let ARE Candidates get run over by a bus and now you guys are telling us to contact the AIA and our the state boards to be our advocates.
Does the AIA and State Boards even know that NCARB has made the decision to make the ARE a lower priority to Food Marketing and Dog Training exams?
NCARB’s strategy to use the pandemic as a way to announce Remote Proctoring without any tangible details or timelines has been completely tone deaf and irresponsible.
NCARB can barely administer ARE 5.0 without their software crashing in a controlled setting on Prometric’s test taking computers. Sure we all hate the testing centers, but what makes anyone think that NCARB can administer their exams in an uncontrolled setting on an ARE Candidates crappy old HP laptop.
I wish NCARB would stop with the lip service and false promises and figure out how to get candidates back into the testing center taking exams.
NCARB has FAILED MISERABLY at serving their customers during the pandemic and it could have been completely avoided with transparent open communication.
NCARB’s inability to take responsibility for their mistakes and how they are always pointing the finger at Prometric and everyone else, continues to be an embarrassment to watch.
The disparity in the standard of care NCARB is providing ARE Candidates and the standard of care and professionalism NCARB DEMANDS from us continues to grow.
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