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Administrative Rules Review Directory and Survey, 1996-1997. National Association on Administrative Rules Review (NAAAR), Thompson Legal Publishing, 1996. [155 pp., $25 for NAAAR members, $35 for non-members]

The Administrative Rules Review Directory and Survey, the first in its field, enables individuals who work with rules to communicate with their counterparts in other states. The directory section provides up-to-date information on key individuals and entities responsible for the review of rules. The survey section includes information on each state's statutes governing the promulgation and review processes, public participation in those processes, oversight entities, review criteria including cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment and economic impact analysis, and challenges to administrative rules. Information was gathered from administrative rules review entities in each of the 50 states by the Department of Political Science at Appalachian State University under the direction of the NAARR Administrative Directory Subcommittee. To order or for more information, contact The Council of State Governments' Midwestern Office, 641 East Butterfield Rd., Suite 401, Lombard, Illinois 60148. Phone: (630) 810-0210, Fax: (630) 810- 0145, E-mail

Architectural Licensing Laws: Summary of Provisions. American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. 1996. [257 pp., $15 for members and $95 for non-members]

Architects, as well as legal and design professionals, will be interested in the American Institute of Architects' newest reference tool: Architectural Licensing Laws: Summary of Provisions. This comprehensive and extensively indexed guide offers a state by state summary of the key aspects of architectural practice, including scope of practice, legal definitions, structural and occupational exemptions, enforcement (including fines) and initial and reciprocal licensing requirements. While the handbook may not offer the final word on all statutes, it serves as an excellent starting point for answering some of the most common questions about current practice laws. To order, call (800) 365-ARCH or fax (800) 678-7102 and refer to order #J-348-96. For more information, contact Cara Woodson Welch at (202) 626-7442.

Certification: A NOCA Handbook. Eds. Anne H. Browning, Alan C. Bugbee, Jr. and Meredith A. Mullins. National Organization for Competency Assurance, Washington, D.C., 1996. [302 pp., $95 + $5 shipping and handling]

Thirteen leaders in the certification and licensure testing field have combined their expertise to produce Certification: A NOCA Handbook, a practical guide to designing and implementing effective credentialing examinations. Aimed at program managers, board members, staff, subject matter experts and administrators, the book primarily discusses the critical psychometric characteristics involved in producing valid and reliable examinations and provides direction on how to develop, evaluate, and administer certification and licensure requirements. The book's nine chapters, each authored by a specialist(s) in the field, provide in-depth coverage of such issues as job analysis, examination security, standard setting, technology in credentialing examinations and future trends. To order, or for more information, call NOCA at (202) 857-1165, or fax them at (202) 223-4579.

Professional Licensure for Geologists: An Exploration of Issues. by Robert E. Tepel. Association of Engineering Geologists, Sudbury, MA, 1995. [123 pp., $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members + $2.00 shipping and handling (5% sales tax for MA residents only)]

As the public's awareness of environmental hazards like contaminated soil and groundwater has increased, so has the call for professional licensure of geologists. Enacting uniform standards, however, is often the end result of decades of heated, emotionally charged arguments. In his book Professional Licensure for Geologists: An Exploration of Issues, Robert E. Tepel sifts through the various emotional responses to present his rationale for widespread support of a professional licensure system. Highlights include strategies for successfully passing a geology licensure exam, how to construct and evaluate licensure exams, comparisons of association peer certification versus statutory licensure, and information on licensure board discipline, grandfathering and continuing professional education. Geology licensure exam candidates, licensure board members and staff, and legislators would do well to add this valuable book to their libraries. Orders may be sent to AEG at 323 Boston Post Road, Suite 2D, Sudbury, MA, 01776, or faxed to (508) 443-2948. For more information, call AEG at (508) 443-4639.