Professional certififcation programs

About the program

The program is conducted by IFBA (The international Federation of biosafety authorities). The distinctive program strives to fulfill our mission of “safe, secure and responsible work with biological materials” by advancing the body of knowledge and increasing the competency of our profession. IFBA’s certificants bring increased value to their employers by demonstrating competence to carry out their responsibilities and by achieving high standards of excellence, professionalism, and continuous learning. By earning certifications from the IFBA, individuals reap the benefits of safer workplaces, career advancement, and international recognition among colleagues.

The IFBA’s certification program was developed in compliance with the policies and guidelines of ISO/IEC 17024: 2012 Conformity assessment - General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons. The IFBA must demonstrate that all candidates within the program have met a common standard, through a consistent application and testing process and a defensible, objective evaluation of professional knowledge and skills. Representatives from the IFBA’s membership and international biorisk management community have been developing the program in collaboration with international credentialing and psychometrician consultants.

An IFBA certificant is an individual who has met the eligibility requirements and achieves acceptable performance levels on examinations. The IFBA certifies individuals at the “Level 1 - Professional Certification” and “Level 2 – Specialist Professional Certification” in a number of specializations and technical disciplines related to the field of biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management. Certifications are valid for a period of 5 years and require ongoing maintenance demonstrating active upgrading of skills and participation in the profession.

Certifications are offered worldwide and the IFBA does not discriminate among applicants as to age, gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.

Impartiality

The IFBA and its employees and volunteers understand the importance of impartiality and the consideration of any potential conflict of interests in carrying out its certification activities. All decisions related to certification (including granting, suspending and withdrawing) are made impartially and free from non-discriminatory judgements. Certification of individuals is based on evidence obtained by the through an objective, valid and reliable assessment. The certification procedures have been designed to enable candidates to attain optimal performance on the exam by providing essential information before taking the test including exam content, sample questions and study references. Care is also taken to ensure the testing procedures and environments are conductive to good performance. Failure to pass an examination should only be the result of inadequate knowledge or skill.

The IFBA identifies and assesses risks which may pose a threat to impartiality and inspires confidence in its certification by:
  • Safeguarding impartiality,
  • Being fair and non-discriminatory,
  • Being responsive to applicants, candidates and certificants,
  • Ensuring transparency of processes, and
  • Maintaining confidentiality.

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