WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR YOU! Certification: Here We Go Again! Missouri Legislation

UPDATE as of June 5, 2018:  As one of his last acts as Governor, Eric Greitens signed House Bill No. 1719 into law.  Both the BCCB and the BCxA will work with other Associations to get the bill modified.  This legislation is scheduled to take effect August 28, 2018.

As posted on June 1, 2018

The BCCB and the BCxA joined to offer comments on the Missouri Legislature’s House Bill No. 1719, the “Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Act” submitted by the General Assembly for the Governor’s signature on May 18, 2018, to become effective on August 28, 2018. The PEO Act defines “certification” as a governmental function, ”a program in which the government grants nontransferable recognition to an individual who meets personal qualifications established by a regulatory entity. Upon approval, the individual may use ‘certified’ as a designated title.”

The document implies that conditions for certification are based on a government determination of ”whether practice of the profession or occupation proposed for expansion of regulation requires such a specialized skill that the public is not qualified to select a competent practitioner without assurances that minimum qualifications have been met…” However, in fact, neither an untrained government body nor the general public is qualified to select, let alone evaluate the knowledge, skills and abilities of a competent commissioning professional.

Our concern, as with other ANSI-accredited certifying organizations, was that the Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP), Associate Commissioning Professional (ACP), and Certified Commissioning Firm (CCF) designations would become certified only if a disengaged group of legislators approved their professional certification in Missouri, opening the door to confusion and increased commoditization of commissioning services.

Read the BCxA/BCCB Letter

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