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  • Message from the President
    Colin Powell (US Secretary of State), in a speech as part of his Outreach to America program at the SEARS Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois last year stated that:


    "Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either.  Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds. In a brain-based economy, your best assets are people.”


    W. Edwards Deming enunciated “The Deming System of Profound Knowledge” in this excerpt from Chapter 4 of “The New Economics”, second edition, as follows:


    “The first step is transformation of the individual. This transformation is discontinuous. It comes from understanding of the system of profound knowledge. The individual, transformed, will perceive new meaning to his life, to events, to numbers, to interactions between people. Once the individual understands the system of profound knowledge, he will apply its principles in every kind of relationship with other people. He will have a basis for judgment of his own decisions and for transformation of the organizations that he belongs to. The individual, once transformed, will:


    Set an example

    Be a good listener, but will not compromise

    Continually teach other people

    Help people to pull away from their current practice and beliefs and move into the new philosophy without a feeling of guilt about the past.”


    What we are concerned about at the American Certification Institute is finding ways to increase both individual and organizational competency and credibility. I firmly believe that individual employee professional and business competency builds individual credibility and reputation, and further that this individual employee credibility and reputation can contribute significantly to organizational credibility and quality. In short, quality employees make a quality organization!!!


    Certification Furthers and Promotes Business Ethics

    An often overlooked aspect of the professional certification process is that part relating to ethical standards. All individuals who become members of American professional associations and seek the professional certifications of those organizations must subscribe to a rigorous code of ethics. These codes serve as a “self-policing” system of business ethics, thus contributing to the credibility and reputation of the individual who becomes professionally certified, as well as the credibility and reputation of the organization to which they belong.


    The American Certification Institute offers certification-related training, testing, and professional certification in the above disciplines primarily at alliance partner locations or off-campus locations (including the client's place of business). Customers are offered a wide variety of "packaging" options. After the training is completed, the Institute tests the candidate and, if successful in the examination, confers the appropriate certification to the candidate.


    We at ACI and other organizations and associations focusing on professional certification believe that we are sowing the seeds of future quality in human resources and that this quality will be of great benefit not only to the individuals concerned, but also to the organizations they work for as well as society and the nation as a whole.


    LeRoy H. Graw