Emergency Management Career Track Credentialing

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The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in conjunction with the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) is developing a new Career Credentialing Track to it Emergency Management Professional Development Program. We will be soliciting feedback on the proposed program until February 1, 2017.

This track charts the path for the future of emergency management in California by establishing professional standards and reaffirming the competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) needed by all individuals in the field of emergency management (EM). It is the primary objective of this track to provide a comprehensive roadmap for individuals seeking a career in EM; experience practitioners looking to validate and advance their professional capability; and to provide hiring managers with a credentialing standard that they can easily understand and trust.

Features of this track include:

Progressive & Accelerated Approach: Tailor for someone who is new to the field and wants to progressive validate their ability/proficiency to do the work of EM during different levels of a their career, but also for an experience or expert emergency manager who is looking to obtain accreditation/validation for their proficiency in the field.
Comprehensive Assessment: While traditional testing is a component of this track, key distinguishing features include a scenario base approach and professional accomplishment/contribution requirement.
Mentorship: Available for all candidates, and required for experience and expert levels.

The Emergency Management Career Credentialing Track is a user driven process, based on national standards and best practices. The process consists of several elements including:

Work Experience
Professional Contribution

Emergency Management Career Credentials are valid for a period of 5 years and require annual continuing education and validation.

The Cal OES Emergency Management Career Credentialing track has been designed to align with several other State and Federal projects including:

CalOES Professional Certification Programs
The FEMA National Emergency Management Basic Academy
California Incident Command Certification System
Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
California Emergency Services Association (CESA) Emergency Management Competency Framework 

Emergency Management Career Track Credentialing Documents
Questions or comments on this proposed program will be accepted until February 1, 2017:
Form more information please contact: credentialcoord@caloes.ca.gov


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