“No man is an island!” This is one of my favorite sayings and with this as my mantra my goal after successfully completing my IABC accreditation was to get other professionals through this daunting but highly satisfying process. When five or more persons get together to do accreditation from a single chapter it is called an Accreditation Completion Program (ACP). The benefits are that you get a discount on your registration, you have a senior leader to help you through the process and of course a community, so to speak, of other individuals doing the program that you can use as sounding boards.
Of course having had to “wing it”, with no local support while I was doing the program, I find myself in a similar position as facilitator of the island’s first ACP. How is it going? It is very tough. After getting a record seven persons to register for the programme, (Sophia Cambridge, Sharon Marshall, Marilyn Sealy, Sara Odle, Novaline Brewster, Heather Barker and Lynda Holder), I was then faced with the task of finding them mentors. Persons who along with myself would assist them in getting through the portfolio stage which is the first real test. After this there is a written and oral exam. You need to pass all areas to complete and you must pass the portfolio before moving on to the exam.