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Certification and Licensure Advisory Group
Chair, Executive Director
Roy Swift is currently the Executive Director of Workcred and the former Chief Workforce Development Officer at the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). His previous position at ANSI was the senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs. It is under this program that ANSI was selected as the accreditor for DOD Directive 8570. Prior to ANSI, he was a consultant to educational, certification, licensure and health care organizations. From 1993-1998 he was executive director of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). This appointment followed a 28-year career in the United States Army Medical Department. In his last position, he was Chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps in the Army Surgeon General’s Office with policy responsibility for Army occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians and physician assistants throughout the world.
He has served on many national committees, non-profit Boards of Directors and federal and state government advisory committees. He has served as chaired the Assembly of Review Committee Chairs of the former Council on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association, Chair, American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Committee (Academic Accreditation), and on the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Certification. Dr. Swift has also served on an Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Panel dealing with Provision of Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE and a planning committee for the future of Allied Health Practice and “What constitutes a Quality Undergraduate Education?”.
In addition, he recently chaired an international working group within the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to recognize personnel certifications among member countries through the development of multilateral recognition arrangements. This work has been completed. In addition, he is active on working groups related to personnel credentialing in the International Organizational for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland and a guest lecturer at the University of Geneva on credentialing.
His educational preparation includes a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Southern California, a Ph.D. in Continuing and Vocational Education with an emphasis in continuing competency in the professions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and successfully completed the University of Chicago’s three week Management Development course.
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