Members Needed for New Joint IOA & CO-OP® Taskforce

By Sue Diviney, CO-OP®, IOA Board Member and Mollie Berg, CO-OP®, CO-OP® President

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new Joint IOA & CO-OP® Task Force that will recommend a proposal to accredit organizational ombuds programs. This will clear the way to separate program accreditation from individual certification under CO-OP®.

The goal is to create a time-limited task force that brings together a variety of critical perspectives and experiences, that may ideally include (but not be limited to) many of the following:

  • New practitioners (0-3 years)
  • Practitioners from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds
  • Contract Ombuds
  • Ombuds with experience working in multiple organizations
  • Ombuds who practice in regions outside the United States
  • Ombuds with experience in an Academic Setting
  • Ombuds with experience in a Corporate Setting
  • Ombuds with experience in a Government Setting
  • Practitioners with experience in ombuds system design/establishing an office
  • Collateral Duty Ombuds (wondered if that perspective could add value to the work)
  • Ombuds whose offices prevent practicing to Standards
  • Practitioners who applied for CO-OP® certification but have not been certified


The full task force will meet monthly for 60-75 minutes with longer meetings in month two and late fall. The group will be divided into smaller teams that will meet between meetings. A great deal of work has already been started which will allow the task force to move quickly. The plan is to convene in late May to early June and complete the project by the end of 2022. The task force will be co-chaired by Sue Diviney, CO-OP®, IOA Board Member and Mollie Berg, CO-OP®, CO-OP® President.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this important project, please email IOA Executive Director Ellen Miller at [email protected] detailing the perspectives and experience you would bring to this project, a CV, or a link to your LinkedIn page no later than Wednesday, 4 May 2022.

Apply Today

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 4 May 2022

More Information About CO-OP®

About the CO-OP® Credential
Applying for CO-OP® Certification
CO-OP® Examination
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