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For Immediate Release
May 22,2020
Timothy Hudd

         The National Asthma Educator Certification Board


Receives Accreditation of its

AE-C® Program

from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)


WASHINGTON May 5,2020—The NCCA accredited the National Asthma Educator Certification Board’s Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C®) program for a five-year period, expiring April 30,2025 during its recent meeting.

Founded in September 2000, NAECB®, is a professional certification organization acting in the public interest by establishing and enforcing education, examination, experience and ethics requirements for certification.  Currently, 3260 are certified to use the AE-C® designation.

The National Asthma Educator Certification Board received NCCA accreditation of its AE-C® program by submitting an application demonstrating compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.  NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance).  Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry. Click here to purchase a copy of the NCCA Standards.

There are more than 315 NCCA-accredited programs that certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations including nurses, financial professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, emergency technicians, crane operators and more.  Of ICE’s more than 370 organizational members, 130 of them have accredited programs.

ICE’s mission is to advance credentialing through education, standards, research, and advocacy to ensure competence across professions and occupations.  NCCA was founded as a commission whose mission is to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs that assess professional competence.  NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with these standards; recognize programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification.

ICE and NCCA are located at 2025 M Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-3309; telephone 202/367- 1165;fax 202/367-2165; website

To learn more about our accreditation, watch the video below:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Certification Time Frame Change

Effective June 1, 2020, the certification period for Certified Asthma Educators will be 5 years after taking and passing the certification exam.  The NAECB board recently approved this change in the certification time frame from the current 7 years to 5 years to ensure that our certificants stay current with rapidly evolving research, technology and pharmaceutical options for managing asthma.  Candidates who take and pass the examination prior to June 1, 2020, will maintain their certification for 7 years.  Anyone taking the examination after that date will maintain their certification for 5 years.  The time frame for candidates recertifying by CEUs remains unchanged at 5 years.



The NAECB exam is a voluntary testing program used to assess qualified health professionals knowledge in asthma education.

It is an evaluative process that demonstrates that rigorous education and experience requirements have been met. Certification is voluntary and is not required by law for employment in the field, although some agencies may use AE-C® certification as a basis for employment, job promotions, salary increases, or other considerations.


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