In order to proactively bring the association community together to combat the spread of  legislation impacting professional certification programs, ASAE and The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) have formed the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC).

The mission of the PCC is to inform the state legislative process about voluntary professional certification in the face of state legislative initiatives that would restrict, or even ban, certification. Twelve states introduced legislation this year that were deemed a threat to certification programs by ASAE and others.

In most cases, legislation has been introduced to reduce burdens on employment by cutting back on occupational licensing. Non-governmental professional certification programs have been affected by those initiatives, whether intentionally or not. Only a concerted effort by a large and focused coalition of certification organizations resulted in neutralizing that legislation in the form that ultimately passed and was signed into law. To read about legislation in Louisiana and Missouri click here.

The PCC urges participation from all those involved in professional certification, including certification agencies and programs themselves, professional societies that conduct or support certification, and nonprofits or companies that provide of services to professional certification programs.

 To view the member benefits and dues structure, click here. To view the website click here. To join or for more information, contact the ASAE Public Policy Department at

The PCC will be a nationwide effort to monitor for this legislation, to interface with stakeholders supporting and opposing such legislation, and, in states where necessary, to engage in lobbying with the expectation of replicating the success in Louisiana. ICE and ASAE will serve as the steering committee for the Coalition. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP providing legal support.

“When HB-748 was introduced in Louisiana, we were immediately alarmed,” said Emily Bowers, senior coordinator of public policy for the International Association of Lighting Designers, a founding PCC member. “We’ve seen this legislation in other states as well, so it’s certainly becoming a trend. Which is why we wanted to partner with the coalition so that we could get ahead of it before 2019.”