By Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM, TEM, Lead Trainer for the CEM Commission
Last month we prepared our first draft of the emergency management essay. We ran the spelling and grammar checker, corrected any errors it identified, and began the editing process by concentrating on the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) sections. This month we prepared our second draft, ran the spelling and grammar checker, and corrected any errors it identified. Now we will edit the second draft and prepare our final paper for submission.
Download the second draft sample essay at www.iaem.com/documents/Second-Draft-CEM-Essay-Example-July2013.pdf, and refer to it as we go through the CEM Commission essay checklist for the nine KSAs. Track Changes was turned on, so you can see the parts that we deleted and added.
We will look at and briefly evaluate each KSA separately, as we did for the first draft.
Adding up the lowest scores in each category gives us 18 out of a possible 24 points – a passing score. The word count is less than 1,900 and we have a very good second draft that passes with at least a 75% or higher score. A little more revision in our final draft will polish the prose and make the final essay much easier for the CEM Commissioners to read and score.
We have revised our first draft and reviewed the second draft similar to the way in which the CEM Commissioners will review it. We fixed some weaknesses and have what seems to be an essay that will earn enough points to pass. So next month, look for the final draft on the IAEM website under the Certification tab. In the CEM Corner article, we will complete the editing process and prepare the essay for submission.
IAEM Bulletin, July 2013
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