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Why Certify with the NRCM?
NRCM's The Loop, Fall 2012 issue, Gordon Ely, Director of Microbial Assays and Specialized Studies, WuXi AppTec, Inc.


"I sought NRCM certification to validate my skills as a microbiologist and for the opportunity to measure my knowledge and skills against other microbiologists.  I am a firm believer in perpetual learning and NRCM certification gave me the opportunity to challenge myself.  I have encourage all the microbiologists I know or have met to pursue the certification for this reason.  It is a wonderful feeling to know that you have passed the examination and it looks great on your resume!  I have received many more calls about job openings since I received my NRCM certification.  Knowing that I have my NRCM certification, also gives my employer bragging opportunities and a sense of confidence in my skills and knowledge."

Lisa Gray, RM/SM(NRCM)
EO Analyst III
STERIS Isomedix Services
Grand Prairie, TX

“Preparing for the NRCM exam in Biosafety was a challenging and rewarding experience. The process got me on my “A” game in many areas directly related to my day to day work activities. Enriching one’s knowledge base in this manner, as a safety professional,  is akin to avoiding complacency in the laboratory (and therefore error) as a researcher. The experience builds confidence and competence, and I encourage all biosafety colleagues to accomplish certification for their own gratifying experience. Passing the exam has already paid dividends professionally.”

Richard G. Baumann, Ph.D., SM(NRCM)Baumann
Biological Safety Officer
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD


"I have worked for a long time to obtain the NRCM certification. As the field of Biosafety becomes more competitive and the technology becomes more expansive and diverse, the NRCM certification will show the of foundational measures of expertise that I will use to perform complex risk assessment for years to come."

Angela Birnbaum, SM(NRCM)
Biosafety Program Manager
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

"I committed to the NRCM program to challenge myself and expand my understanding of the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. The knowledge I gained while preparing for the exam is exactly what I needed to excel at my job and advance my career in this field."

Phil Tuckett, SM(NRCM)PhilTuckett2
Study Director II
Nelson Laboratories
Taylorsville, UT

"I sought NRCM certification for continuing education and gain more knowledge in the field of medical device microbiology. NRCM certification provided me with an excellent platform for adding credibility to my role as a microbiologist. NRCM certification definitely provides an edge in career advancement opportunities for microbiology professionals in pharmaceutical and medical device industries."

ShokeenSonia Shokeen, Ph.D., RM(NRCM)
Sr. Microbiologist
Medtronic Surgical Technologies
Jacksonville, FL

"I value NRCM certification because it helps to promote excellence and professionalism in our workplace. Certification recognizes the exceptional work we perform every day, and distinguishes us among our clients and coworkers."

Steve LaCroixSteve LaCroix, MS, SM(NRCM)
Quality Assurance and Safety Officer
State of Washington Public Health Laboratories
Shoreline, WA


"In the medical device industry, certification is clearly seen as a tool to establish credibility with peers and customers. It proves you have a high-level of knowledge and serves as a great tool for distinguishing yourself from others. Certification demonstrates a long-term committment to learning and that you are a highly-motivated and productive employee."

Mary Ann Drosnock


Mary Ann Drosnock, MS, CIC, CFER, RM(NRCM)

Infection Control Manager

Medical Systems Group

Center Valley, PA

I sought certification not only to use as a tool to further myself in my current position, but also as a personal accomplishment. It is a great way to show all the knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my career. I am encouraging my co-worker to also become certified."

Sherri L. Hopple, SM(NRCM)
Sr. QC Associate, Microbiology
Aesculap Biologics, LLC
Breinigsville, PA


"By working to receive this certification, I spent time increasing and cementing my knowledge of the microbiologist's role in food safety. By achieving the certification, my company can demonstrate that we have the knowledge to test and relsease microbiologically safe products to our customers. It is professionally satisfying to be part of the community of scientists that have this certification."

Deb Czarnecki, RM(NRCM)
Lead Microbiologist, Food Safety and Quality
FMC BioPolymer
Newark, DE

 “Obtaining the NRCM certification in Biosafety was the next step in my career I knew would help me advance in my field and meet new horizons. Mastering the material prior to taking the exam was intellectually stimulating and the certification will help me grow professionally by providing greater opportunities in biosafety and security.” 

S  AgarStacy Agar, SM(NRCM)

Principal Scientist
Kansas City, MO


"I sought NRCM certification to gain more credibility in my field. I wanted my customers to be able to trust that I had the knowledge to help them make the best decisions."

AndrewDewartAndrew W. D’Ewart, RM(NRCM)
Study Director
Nelson Laboratories
Taylorsville, UT


Certification Helps Biocompatibility Labs Provide Service, Value and Productivity
ContractPharma's Expert Opinions, Jeffrey R. Nelson, CEO, Nelson Laboratories, July 13, 2012

Quality Control: Certified NRCM Workforce
Reprint from PMF Newsletter, Volume 15, Number 4, April 2009