By Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM, TEM, MEP, Lead Trainer for the CEM Commission, and Chair, IAEM-Global Communications Work Group
Last month we completed our discussion of Training and Education. Before we begin a new discussion on the topic of Exercises and Testing, I want to discuss documentation required for your CEM and AEM initial and recertification applications. Having finished reviewing the applications submitted for review this period, the Commissioners noted deficiencies with documentation resulting in resubmission letters being sent to many candidates.
Approval of an application is based on an in-depth credential review. During a credential review for the CEM, Commissioners make their recommendations solely based on the documentation provided by the candidate. Commissioners rely on the documentation to:
AEM applications follow a similar process, but it is limited to references, training, and the essay. The process for recertification applications is limited to training and professional contributions.
When reviewing a candidate’s application, the Commissioners expect to see documentation that is relevant, is independently produced, and is a contribution rather than an attribution. They also expect the documentation to be readable online and that the documentation is complete to validate the candidate’s claim based on the specific requirements of each individual section.
Another example is the professional contribution of Speaking. The instructions require a minimum of three separate speaking engagements of at least 20 minutes each. The Commissioners will look specifically for three different engagements (same topic, different audiences; same audience, different topics; or different topics and different audiences). They also will check to see if the documentation indicates the candidate actually spoke (relevant) for a minimum of 20 minutes each time. If it was a panel session, Commissioners will check the time – with four people speaking a total of one hour, the candidate will receive credit for 15 minutes (60 minutes/four speakers). That speaking engagement then will not be accepted as it is less than 20 minutes.
IAEM provides many hints throughout the application to help ensure that the candidate understands exactly what the Commissioners are looking for under each section. Please read them, and be sure to follow the specific instructions under each section and subsection. As a professional seeking professional certification, it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and the documents are relevant, independently produced, correct, complete, and uploaded to the appropriate section(s). Doing so will greatly speed up the review process and result in a successful application for certification.
Next month we will return to our examination discussion on the new topic of Exercises and Tests. We also will analyze some practice exam questions. As usual, please send any questions you have about the examination or the certification process to me at email@example.com, and I will address them in future articles.
IAEM Bulletin, April 2017
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