My wife is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). For several years, she has used Applied Behavior Analysis techniques to help young children with autism; this ABA method is the only scientifically-proven treatment for persons with an autism spectrum disorder. Schools are eager to hire BCBAs into their system, so they can keep students in their neighborhood school instead of an exorbitantly expensive out-placement (usually at least $100K per child).
You can't just read a book or two about ABA and call yourself a Behavior Analyst. The BACB basically trademarked that term in 1998, and for 20 years it has been the rarely-disputed gatekeeper of ABA implementation. If you don't know the right stuff, you can't get in the door; if you slack off or screw up, then you're out of the club. Behavior Analysts must take a challenging certification test to earn the credential, there are ethical requirements they must follow to remain certified, and they must renew their license every 3 years after a certain amount of BACB-approved coursework.
The result seems to be a quite uniform approach to ABA around the globe. Children and parents benefit from consistent treatment from BCBAs wherever they live. This organization can research its own practices, examine and disseminate new ideas and methods from within its own community, and the credibility of Applied Behavior Analysis is at least as strong as ever. (Can we say the same about recent education concepts like "multiple intelligences" or PBL?!?!)
Should the Flipped Learning Network or another organization duplicate this idea? Jon Bergmann's Global Initiative has started that direction, but there is resistance in the community: Are these certification offers just a money-making racket?! Do they limit innovation and cooperation by establishing a hierarchy of "in" and "out" educators?
I'm not yet sure but I'm leaning toward YES, and I say this as somebody who is halfway through the application process for the flglobal.org Certification course. I'll get back to you. Also I am working on another analogy to parallel Matthew's wonderful flipping & Crocs idea, but that's not yet ready for public consumption.