By Brian V. Bovyn, CEM, Emergency Services Supervisor, Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department
The number of successful Certified Emergency Managers Associate Emergency Managers continues to grow as the IAEM individual credentialization gains wider acceptance and validation.
During the CEM Commission’s recent record-breaking review of 158 AEM and CEM packets, a number of performance gaps appeared, and this article is written to address those gap areas. Some of the most common mistakes included: poorly written essays; unverified professional contributions; no job descriptions or missing job descriptions; training citations without adequate supporting documentation to validate the training; professional contributions that were not emergency management themed, misunderstanding or misinterpretation of professional conference hours; and lack of required work experience.
The AEM and CEM are credential that are neither easily earned nor maintained. They are not entry level credentials, but rather a pinnacle credential of the emergency management profession.
A little extra work proofing your packet can lead to a successful attempt at attaining your AEM or CEM. Missing, inadequate or poorly organized packets that are not validated will not only cause the candidate to have an unsuccessful attempt at achieving his or her AEM/CEM, but will also cause unnecessary stress for the candidate when the packet is ruled incomplete and returned or rejected.
IAEM Bulletin, December 2009
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