Policy and Procedures Related to Appeals

The Policy and Procedures Related to Appeals allow due process for a candidate who: believes he/she was unjustly denied eligibility for Examination; challenges results of an Examination; or believes he/she was unjustly denied renewal of certification. The following statement on Appeals is excerpted from Regulations for Certification Programs Conducted by the AHA Certification Center.

Appeal Conditions:  The Board of Directors of the AHA-CC will review evidence of misconduct by a candidate whose scores were voided due to misconduct to determine whether the candidate will be allowed to reapply for Examination.  The Board of Directors of the AHA-CC will consider an appeal by a candidate for certification or renewal of certification for special consideration only under the following conditions:

  • The candidate for certification or renewal of certification provides convincing evidence that a severe disadvantage was afforded the candidate during processing of an application for Examination or renewal of certification or prior to or during administration of a Certification Examination.
  • The disadvantage did not result from any action or inaction on the part of the candidate.
  • The appeal is made promptly and within 45 days of receipt of a score report or any other official correspondence related to certification or renewal of certification by the AHA-CC.
  • A written appeal is presented that indicates the specific relief requested.

Appeal Board:  The Board of Directors of the AHA-CC or a representative subcommittee of the Board of Directors serves as the Appeal Board.

  • When considering an appeal or reviewing evidence of misconduct, the Board of Directors strives to ensure that the appealing candidate has an opportunity to gain certification or renewal of certification equal to, but not greater than, the opportunity provided to other candidates.
  • The President of the Board of Directors is authorized to deny an appeal that fails to fulfill the conditions outlined in Section A of this Article.  The candidate is notified of such denial within 30 days of receipt of the appeal.
  • If a hearing is indicated, the President of the Board of Directors will convene the Appeal Board by meeting or conference call within 60 days of receipt of the appeal or notification of misconduct.  The candidate may be requested to participate in the hearing at his / her expense.
  • The candidate is notified of action by the Appeal Board within 75 days of receipt of the appeal or notification of misconduct.
  • The appealing candidate is required to submit a $100 fee with the written appeal.  Such fee will be refunded to the candidate if deemed justified through action of the Appeal Board.  No fee is required for review of evidence of misconduct.
 

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