The decision whether to grant or deny someone a license in their chosen profession is important. It impacts public safety, the test taker – and the reputation of your licensing program. At the same time, test taker expectations are changing. They want licensure exams that offer the convenience and choice they are accustomed to in other areas of life.
Employers and employees alike are increasingly looking to micro-credentials as an alternative — or a complement — to more traditional routes. The ability to easily pair relevant micro-credentials with more traditional training and education offers a compelling argument for their increased adoption.
State Licensure Departments need to ensure licensure testing is highly accessible and convenient for all test takers. Improvements like adaptive technology and providing exams in additional languages have helped remove barriers that can affect specific groups or populations.
Tests and exams have been used for thousands of years to uphold standards and measure the learning of students. And a proctor has often been involved to maintain the integrity of a test. Until recently, it was assumed the only way to truly safeguard the security of a test was with an in-person proctor. That view has changed.