HTC Earns NCCA Accreditation for HTCP®
Discover what NCCA accreditation means to the individual, the employer and the public.
Read the HTC Press Release about NCCA accreditation for the HTCP credential.
Healing Touch Certification (HTC) and Healing Touch Program are pleased to announce that on January 31, 2014 the Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) credential has become the first Energy Medicine profession to achieve accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). HTC is joining an elite group of certifying bodies dedicated to public protection and excellence in certification.
Now, all Healing Touch professionals who hold the Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) credential through the Healing Touch Certification (HTC) can proudly say that their certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), Washington, D.C.
To earn accreditation, the Healing Touch Certification (HTC) program underwent intensive review demonstrating compliance with the 21 standards set by NCCA for verifying professional competency. This evaluation considered every aspect of the HTC certification program, including: administrative procedures, job analysis, test development, test security, standard setting, eligibility criteria, board responsibilities, ongoing review of all policies and procedures, and verification of reliability and validity of the credential.
It is a milestone in the validation of the HTCP credential and practice to receive this designation from NCCA, a highly respected organization whose purpose is to promote excellence in competency assurance. As energy therapists, we are aware of the uphill struggle to receive recognition for the profession to which we dedicate our lives. It is with great pleasure that we share this honor with all our Healing Touch practitioners who have contributed to the development of the HTCP credential.
Benefits of Accreditation
An Accredited Credential can affect or create:
- A certificant’s employability
- A certificant’s job promotion opportunities
- A certificant’s ability to increase salary/compensation
- Reimbursement opportunities from healthcare insurers
- Generate brand recognition
- Create a standard of training in the field
- Enhance the program’s credibility or prestige
Achieving Accreditation can ensure:
- Certified individuals are able to perform at an expected high level.
- Employers can identify qualified workers.
- Regulation is driven by the profession’ Standards and Codes, rather than by legislators.
- Meet the public’s demand for standards.
Who is NCCA?
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).The NCCA's mission is to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs that assess professional competency. NCCA accreditation demonstrates to certificants, employees, peer organizations and government agencies that our program meets benchmark standards in certification accreditation. For further information, please visit www.credentialingexcellence.org.
We join approximately 300 NCCA accredited programs that certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations, through organizations including the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANPCP), National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN), Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and many more. You can review the accredited program directory on the NCCA website.
What does this NCCA accreditation mean?
Certification programs that qualify for this accreditation have met the stringent standards of certification, have followed accepted psychometric practices, and have the policies and procedures in place to insure high standards of security, confidentiality, examination procedure, and fairness.
NCCA accreditation brings value to practitioners by providing confidence that the credential represents the excellence of a high quality program. It insures employers that potential certified employees meet and demonstrate a widely accepted standard base of knowledge and skill. It demonstrates to the public accountability to maintain a set of standards in the field of Energy Medicine, and to create safe and excellent client care.
NCCA accreditation enhances the reputation of the Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) and demonstrates due diligence if the program is challenged legally.
About Healing Touch Certification (HTC)
Healing Touch Certification (HTC) is the autonomous administrative body that has been certifying Healing Touch practitioners since 2008. Healing Touch Certification Governing Committee (HTCGC) awards the credential Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) to those individuals meeting the educational, testing and peer-reviewed evaluation requirements for professional certification and successful completion of both a written application and exam.
A Healing Touch Practitioner that attains the credential of Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP) is dedicated to providing exceptional client care and her/his own self care through a commitment to constant lifelong learning and maintenance of the Certification credential. The certification process includes submission of a packet which reflects the applicant's knowledge base, professionalism and ability to safely, ethically and competently practice Healing Touch, and successful completion of the Healing Touch Certified Practitioner Entry Level Proficiency Exam. The process of Certification is to keep practitioners and instructors engaged in the current best practice within the field of Energy Medicine.
HTCP certification involves a rigorous process of study, testing, and peer-reviewed evaluation that is designed and administered by specialists in the area of Healing Touch as an Energy modality. Those being certified include nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested laypeople that have a desire to provide Healing Touch in a private practice, hospitals and healthcare settings. Our population is generally located in North America but is also growing worldwide.
As of January 2014, there are 862 Healing Touch Certified Practitioners (HTCP).
Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)
In 1977, the National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies (NCHCA) was formed, in cooperation with the federal government, to develop standards of excellence for voluntary certification programs.