The Board of Certification for Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioners (Board of Certification) is the certifying body authorized to award the Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner® (CO-OP® ) credential. The mission of the Board of Certification is:
- To identify the body of knowledge necessary to perform the organizational ombudsman job;
- To establish the level of experience and other eligibility requirements for certification and recertification;
- To encourage consistency of standards of practice for organizational ombudsman practitioners;
- To identify to their peers and to the public those organizational ombudsmen who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification; and
- To promote the advancement of the organizational ombudsman profession.
The Board of Certification is affiliated with the following organizations:
International Ombudsman Association (IOA). IOA is the premier organization serving the organizational ombudsman profession. The certification program for organizational ombudsman practitioners was developed under the auspices of IOA over the course of five years of planning, seeking feedback from members, and assessing the results of a market survey. Although the Board of Certification is, and for the foreseeable future is expected to remain, a division of IOA, the Bylaws of the Board of Certification provide that the Board of Certification, not IOA or any other organization, has the sole discretion to manage and make all decisions relating to certification matters. Certification does not require membership in IOA, participation in IOA training, or attendance at IOA conferences.
Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT). SMT is the testing service for the examination, successful completion of which is required for the CO-OP® certification credential. SMT is an established, full-service international testing company serving the needs of licensing boards and credentialing agencies with a wide range of test development services and testing services at hundreds of testing centers. Before the Board of Certification was established, IOA worked with SMT to conduct a market survey and a job analysis, which became the basis for the certification examination. SMT's testing products use the most appropriate psychometric and security techniques available.
Professional Management Associates, L.L.C. (PMA). PMA provides administrative support to the certification program. PMA is a full-service association management company specializing in the management of trade associations, professional societies, user groups, business networks, and membership organizations. PMA is one of only twenty-four companies in the world to be accredited by both the AMC Institute, pursuant to a standard approved by the American National Standards Institute, and by the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership.