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Pioneering Regulatory Excellence: Clear 2012

Over 500 members of the regulatory community gathered in San Francisco last week for one of the most popular events of the professional assessment industry -  the 2012 Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation’s Annual Conference.

Usually, CLEAR conference sessions follow three tracks – Compliance and Discipline, Credentialing and Licensing, Legislative and Policy Issues. Conference organizers  also tested out (indeed an appropriate event for testing anything) a fourth track this year called Entry to Practice Issues.

Breakthrough’s Kate O’Connor, Business Development Manager for Assessment & Education, was in attendance and enjoyed some great sessions. A few of those sessions included:

Alternative Proctoring Methods, by PSI Services LLC & Yardstick Inc.

Managing Confidentiality and Technology – When “Smart” is Not So Smart, by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Oregon Board of Physical Therapy

How to Cheat on Credentialing Exams, by PSI Services LLC, AMP, Prometric, and Pearson VUE

An Application of Innovative Items, by The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), ACT, and PearsonVUE

Descriptions of all the sessions along with other conference information are available at

The mood of conference attendees was buoyant but focused. The interactive mode of the sessions led to some lively discussions between attendees as well as invited speakers. The challenges in today’s technology driven and highly connected world is confronting all regulators and licensing organizations, from nursing to real estate boards. The line between privacy and providing constituents with the needed online resources was also a common theme.

Attending conferences like CLEAR helps the Breakthrough team understand the concerns and innovations in the credentialing field. We not only find that important but crucial to our clients’ success.

Do you have questions about assessment technology but don’t know who to ask? Get in touch with Kate! She’d love to talk about testing (or how the Bears are going to do this season) and turn your questions into solutions.

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