NCARB’s Role: Advocacy VS Regulation???????? Continued...

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    Michael Riscica (Edited )

    Here is a link to the original post. https://are5community.ncarb.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360046665654

    As a community moderator myself, I think its inappropriate for NCARB to be closing threads and preventing constructive dialogue from taking place during these challenging times. 

    The conversation wasn't done about what NCARB's role is, because THEY decided to tell us they've suddenly advocated for us with Prometric.

    Thank you for posting a new thread. 

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    Dan Jacques

    There appears to be a major communication disconnect internally at NCARB. The people who are tasked with keeping us up to date are out of the loop with NCARB's efforts behind the scenes to get us onto the essential list at Prometric. It was clearly a matter of the right people at NCARB talking to the right people at Prometric, not some bureaucratic designation that was out of their hands like they had repeatedly claimed for MONTHS until they did a complete reversal in the email that went out this morning. That process must have taken some time, so why did they choose not to tell us as it was being discussed behind the scenes that they were indeed advocating for us? Were they afraid their efforts wouldn't work, so they didn't want to get our hopes up ahead of time?

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    Jared NCARB

    Daniel,

    NCARB continues to share the honest facts about the current situation and it is unfortunate that others have attempted to spin this situation for attention and even worse spread misinformation. NCARB, including me personally, was informed by Prometric of ARE candidates "non-essential" status in an email from Prometric on April 12 - that's a fact.

    The reversal of that designation has taken place because of back-and-forth communications with Prometric that culminated in a CEO to CEO engagement just yesterday to get this done. I was one of the people along with my colleagues that put together information outlining to Prometric how architects play a critical role within the CISA guidelines. Yes, we were working behind the scenes and didn't want to make promises or get candidates' hopes up in case the efforts weren't successful or took even longer. The change happened yesterday and we announced it today.

    Also, an extremely vocal and overtly public advocacy effort risks other political implications. NCARB is going to be measured in the way we act and respect the roles our jurisdictional licensing boards and their Member Board Members play. At times, that does me we are working issues and not speaking about them publicly.

    We are sorry if this somehow makes you feel like you cannot trust us as an organization. I hope instead that you see that we are working for all our stakeholders - maybe not as successful and as quickly as we all may like. But, we will continue to tell the truth and try to overcome the skewed misinformation others may spread.  

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    Dan Jacques (Edited )

    Hi Jared, thank you for taking the time to reply to me, and THANK YOU for contributing to the process of getting us on the essential testing list. I understand you and your colleagues aren't personally calling the shots on the PR decisions being made at NCARB, but I would like to share my thoughts on this situation as a candidate who was impacted in case they can be heard by the people who are deciding what gets said to us. This is directed at NCARB as a whole, not to you personally (just to be clear).

    For many of us candidates this license is the key to a salary that allows us to move into a new chapter of our lives. When we have our exams canceled and wait for weeks without certainty, it can cause a level of frustration that is difficult to express in words. When we finally hear the test centers are reopened, but prioritizing "essential" test takers over us that include (as Michael has pointed out) dog trainers and gambling counselors, it feels like a slap in the face. As the weeks go by that slap turns into a gut punch as we start hearing from NCARB that it "isn't our job to advocate for the profession" or "this situation is out of our control". When we hear talk like that without the context that you're at least trying to negotiate with Prometric, we can't help but wonder "if the Board isn't making an effort on our behalf, how are we ever going to get on with this next chapter of our lives?" I think that gives some context to the reactions you're seeing on this forum. It's a shame that in an effort to avoid potentially letting us down, NCARB has done even more harm by leaving us in the dark so long. We would have understood if you efforts weren't successful, but just knowing that you were trying would have been the life preserver we all needed as this tsunami of disappointment grew. Please reconsider the secrecy during the next pandemic.

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    Jared NCARB

    Daniel, thanks for expressing your feelings, and I (and NCARB) definitely hear you. We are and will continue to look back on how things are transpiring and learn. I am truly sorry that this situation and the way it has transpired has put us in this place.

    We will do better.

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    Gang Chen

    Jared,

    Thanks for the explanation and updates.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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