By Brian V. Bovyn, CEM, Emergency Services Supervisor, Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department
As a result of a recent IAEM survey, a number of responders wanted to see feedback and strategies from candidates who have successfully navigated the CEM process and achieved their CEM. In the first part of a two-part series on success strategies, we hear from Marcia Nickle, CEM, of the University of Delaware. The story below is Marcia’s strategy for success in pursuing her CEM.
I read about the CEM process in IAEM’s CEM Corner portion of their website and was, understandably, overwhelmed by the process. That is why I can relate to all of you if you are equally as overwhelmed. I am going to share my formula for a successful CEM application with you.
The way I tackled the process was in four basic steps.
It is okay if you are asked to submit additional information or, like me, asked to rewrite your essay. Remember, you only have to send in the information requested by the CEM Commission in your resubmission. If asked to resubmit, you have 90 days to do so. If you have questions about your resubmission, email or call the CEM Commissioner who sent your letter. Include any and all written communication with that Commissioner in your packet (emails, letters, etc.).
Finally, don’t be afraid to reach out to others who have completed their CEM. Have them read your essay and give you feedback. Ask them questions. Use them as resources. We have all been in your shoes and want to help your experience be as rewarding as possible.
IAEM Bulletin, November 2010
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