By Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM, TEM, MEP, Lead Trainer for the CEM Commission
Last month we discussed the Exercises and Testing Standards, which is the last part of the standards used for the 2015 AEM/CEM Exam. This month we will summarize the standards and start our discussion on the new CEM® exam that IAEM will implement in January 2015.
There are 18 USA National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA® 1600 standards. IAEM divided the 18 standards into core and country-specific standards. Core standards are the general principles that apply to emergency managers regardless of the position or entity/organization. The core standards are:
Country-specific standards are those that apply to a specific country. At the time of this printing, only the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have country-specific exams. Those candidates from other countries take the International version, which consists of questions based solely on the core standards. The country-specific standards are:
The following is the list of references used to develop the 2015 CEM® Exam questions. You do not have to complete each FEMA Independent Study (IS) course to prepare for the exam. However, you will be able to earn contact hours to apply towards the CEM® and AEMSM training requirement by completing them.
Country-specific references provide the details necessary to address how a particular country applies the emergency management principles and procedures. Mostly, these specifics are addressed in various laws and authorities, but they can be addressed in additional standards areas. This article covers the country-specific references for the USA. I will include the country-specific standards from other countries as they are updated.
The new exam based on the 2013 NFPA® 1600 standards becomes effective January 2015. IAEM is considering adding a specific exam tailored to the unique needs of emergency managers in business and industry. We will address the requirements of that exam once we have the details worked out. Next month we will begin analyzing some practice exam questions.
IAEM Bulletin, December 2014
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