The NCCAOM gathered stakeholder input on the apprenticeship route periodically throughout the last ten years. Feedback from Diplomates around the country was split between continuing the route (to include keeping it around for historical reasons), no opinion, or that it be eliminated. Feedback from the Eligibility Committee (EC) and Exam Development Committees’ (EDC) members review for the metrics on the Apprenticeship Route were concerned as to the inadequate preparation that most apprentices receive, given the low passage rates. The EC and EDC members are made up of subject matter experts (SMEs) including educators and practitioners throughout the country. In addition, NCCAOM conducted the 2008 and 2013 Job Analysis Surveys which also supported this important decision.
Most importantly, the critical reason for the decision to eliminate the Apprenticeship Route was the need for the NCCAOM certification programs to meet the NCCA accreditation standards.