Origins of the BCCA
History of the Board For Certification
In 1980, Walter Spohn and colleagues founded the American Anaplastology Association (AAA) at Stanford University Medical Center, in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Spohn wanted the AAA to serve as an open and inspiring "Information Exchange," welcoming all of the multidisciplinary specialists involved in prosthetic rehabilitation, and to promote coordination and communication among professionals working along different but related paths in the service of the patient.
At the recommendation of an advisory committee formed in 1997, the membership of the American Anaplastology Association voted to establish a certification board in 2000 to follow the guidelines of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) — the accrediting body for the agency currently known as the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). This certification board became the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology (BCCA).
In 2002, the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology was established as a private, autonomous organization and incorporated in the state of South Carolina as a 501(c)(3)s nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.
In 2008, the American Anaplastology Association voted to change the name of the organization to the International Anaplastology Association (IAA) in recognition of the emerging global profession of clinical anaplastology.
The Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology and the International Anaplastology Association remain strategic partners ─ working together to achieve objectives that are mutually beneficially for the field of anaplastology.
What is a CCA?
The BCCA certification program distinguishes anaplastologists with a proficiency and a commitment to advancing clinical anaplastology best practices and industry standards.
The Certified Clinical Anaplastologist (CCA) is formal recognition for anaplastologist professionals who have met rigorous and demanding eligibility requirements, including formal education, subsequent supervised practice in professional clinical anaplastology, passing of the examination, and demonstration of a depth and breadth of knowledge appropriate for effective practice in the profession of anaplastology.
In order to maintain certification through BCCA, credentialed individuals are required to comply with the BCCA Code of Conduct and Administrative Procedures and the continuing education standards as set forth by the Board of Directors
What are NCCA and ICE?
The BCCA certification program is based on standards established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). These standards are used by a variety of certification programs and licensing bodies in many diverse professions and occupations.
The NCCA is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). A certification program can be accredited by the NCCA if it demonstrates compliance with the NCCA accreditation standards. ICE, the parent body of the NCCA, is a membership organization open to groups interested in competency assurance.
The NCCA, along with ICE, are recognized leaders in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. ICE, under its former name of NOCA was established under the Carter administration in 1977.
The Board For Certification in Clinical Anaplastology
The mission of the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology is to promote and provide certification in clinical anaplastology for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice.
The vision of the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology is to be recognized as the leader in clinical anaplastology credentialing.
The terms “Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology,” “BCCA,” “CCA,” and the BCCA logo are registered trademarks of the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology. Violation of the copyright will lead to prosecution under federal copyright laws.
• Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology reg. no. 4,129,996
• BCCA reg. no. 4,090,541
• CCA reg. no. 4,199,674
• BCCA Certification Mark/Logo reg. no. 3,394,068
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