In a recently published Viewpoints article ["Risk Manager Standards Sorely Lacking," Jan. 13], Keith W. Waitt is partially correct in stating that there is no recognized industry qualification to determine risk management competency, but he fails to place that comment in context.

Though a single credential with the public awareness, long history and formal licensing ramifications of a CPA designation, for instance, does not exist for risk managers, it would be misleading to imply that a hodgepodge of well-meaning nonprofit organizations have cobbled together minimum standards for risk management. On the contrary, successful, respected and rigorous industry-recognized credentials do exist. The Risk Management Association (my organization), Global Association of Risk Professionals and Professional Risk Managers' International Association all have such credentialing programs in place.

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