When Examinees Cannot Test: The Pandemic’s Assault on Certification and Licensure
The COVID‐19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the world economy as shelter‐in‐place regulations forced individuals to stay at and work from home. Brick and mortar testing centers, whether run as part of a for‐profit company, a cooperating educational facility with a history of paper and pencil administrations, or centers established for performance assessments, were largely forced to close to comply both domestically and internationally. As a result, assessment organizations who rely on vendors or partners to provide physical space saw their primary, and in many cases, sole test delivery channel collapse overnight. This short, invited manuscript focuses on the implications for certification and licensure assessment organizations as a result of these wide‐spread disruptions. Although we touch briefly on issues that will resonate for any assessment organization, we have attempted to share more details on issues that are more likely, challenging, and specific to the certification and licensure space.