More details on IPC's history
In 1993, following preliminary discussions in the USA, three organisations; the Registrar Accreditation Board USA (RAB), the Quality Society of Australasia (QSA) and the International Register of Certified Auditors UK (IRCA), convened in Singapore to explore the potential and benefits of establishing international certification criteria specific to quality management system auditors.
Following this meeting and subsequent discussion between all parties, the International Auditor and Training Certification Association (IATCA) was formally established in 1995, with Multi-lateral Agreements (MLA) based on the mutual recognition, via peer evaluation, of quality management system (QMS) auditor certification and QMS auditor training provider approval programs, established in 1998. As long as the requirement for personnel certification has extended into many more contexts within business, industry and government IATCA members recognized, during the IPC AGM held in Chicago during 2003, that management systems formed only a small part of the personnel certification market. To accommodate those changes IATCA has expanded its remit to include and contribute within those other areas, and evolved into IPC. In 2004 IATCA was reconstituted as IPC, the International Personnel Certification Association, a non-profit making organization, now focusing on the certification of various professionals and not just quality and environmental management system auditors.