So, You Want to Be a Commissioner
A message from the NAP Commission on Credentialing
There will be four individuals elected to Commission on Credentialing seats at the NAP Biennial Convention in September 2021. Of the four positions to be elected, three are for full four-year terms and one, because the Board of Directors temporarily filled a vacancy, is for a partial term of two years.
The commission would like to give those who are considering running for the commission a realistic idea of the commitment that entails.
Since the 2020 NAP Training Conference, the commission has met 30 times over Zoom and, currently, is meeting EVERY Monday afternoon. Each of these meetings is two to four hours in duration, which is a total of about 90 hours. The commission plans to continue this schedule until the convention, as well as have two face-to-face meetings in Las Vegas. At the face-to-face meetings, the commission meets from 9 to 5 each day, with additional work in the evenings, for four days. The first meeting is scheduled for July 1 to 6, including two travel days. And yes, commissioners are missing celebrating the 4th of July with our family and friends; this is that important. The next meeting will be held August 26 to 31. Why Las Vegas? There are cheaper hotel rates there than elsewhere and flights aplenty from everywhere.
While commissioners receive the same per diem and travel costs reimbursement as NAP committee members do, those do not cover the full cost. Each commissioner pays a few hundred dollars out of pocket for each face-to-face meeting.
In addition to these meetings, each commissioner spends from two to 15 hours per week performing other commission work (varies with where the commission is in the process), such as evaluating candidate submissions (currently, evaluation of candidates’ submissions is done by the commissioners), drafting documents, reviewing proposals, analyzing psychometric test results data, and much more.
It is hoped that having this information will assist those thinking of running for the commission in understanding the commitment of time and personal resources that is involved.
If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the Commission on Credentialing, please complete and return the Commission Consent to Serve Form.