Certification Institute History

CI was founded in 2002 as an independent non-profit corporation by Rex Eley, Rufus Wolff and Robert Rice under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act. CI's establishment was based on two decades of experience with industry trade association certification and accreditation programs.

CI currently serves the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry through certification programs developed with the support of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and the Employer Services Assurance Corporation (ESAC).

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