By Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM, TEM, Lead Trainer for the CEM Commission
Last month we expanded the necessary actions section of our outline. This was done to ensure that we provided details for as many Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) and Design Elements as possible. This month we prepared our first draft. We also ran the spelling and grammar checker and corrected any errors it identified. Now we will begin the editing process and prepare our second draft.
Download the sample first draft at www.iaem.com/documents/First-Draft-CEM-Essay-Example-June2013.pdf, and refer to it as we go through the Commission essay checklist.
The first things CEM® Commissioners look for when reviewing an essay is that the essay contains the signed independent work statement, is properly formatted (double-spaced with one-inch margins), and the font is 12-point. This is a first draft, so I included the independent work statement at the end of the essay, but I did not sign it yet. The essay is double-spaced, and the font is 12-point. So far, so good.
The second things they look for are the six Design Elements. Notice that I used the Design Elements as the headings for the body paragraphs so I wouldn’t forget any of them. This makes it easy for the CEM Commissioners to find so the essay will receive full credit. Including all six Design Elements provides six of the 18 points necessary to pass the essay requirement.
The last things the CEM Commissioners look for are the nine KSAs. We will look at and briefly evaluate each one separately.
Adding up the lowest scores in each category gives us 16 out of a possible 24 points. Not bad. The word count is less than 1,500 and we have a very good first draft that almost passes. A little more revision in our second draft will provide the additional points necessary to earn a passing score.
We now have reviewed our first draft in much the same way that the CEM Commissioners will review it. We discovered some weaknesses that need correcting in the second draft. So next month, look for the second draft under the Certification tab in the CEM Corner area. In the CEMCorner article, we will continue the editing process on our second draft.
IAEM Bulletin, June 2013
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