About CPSE

CPSE Mission & Goals

The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) promotes the continuous quality improvement of fire and emergency service agencies that serve communities worldwide by providing training and career resource information. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation, CPSE supports and encourages agencies and personnel to meet international performance standards through various programs and the work of two commissions: the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC).

CPSE serves as the governing body for the organizations that offer accreditation, education, and credentialing services to first responder and fire service industry professionals and agencies.


Mission Statement

The Center for Public Safety Excellence is committed to assisting and improving fire and emergency service agencies and their personnel around the world in achieving organizational and professional excellence through its strategic self-assessment model and designation model that provide continuous quality improvement and enhancement of service delivery to the community and the world at large.  CPSE provides fire department training to assist departments and personnel with the tools necessary to excel in delivery of emergency services.


CPSE provides communities, agencies, and individuals with methods, processes, and research to enable the fire and emergency profession to continuously improve services, resulting in a higher quality of life for their constituents.
CPSE promises to create the expertise, information and tools that people and communities require to protect their public safety through promotion, prevention and preparedness for current and new threats.
The Center for Public Safety Excellence pledge is our commitment to how we do business. It is a declaration that compels us to listen attentively, to consider our actions and their impact broadly, and to lead responsibly. You can expect the following behaviors from us:
Integrity is the foundation for all that we do. Integrity includes honesty, decency, consistency and courage.
We listen carefully to diverse points of view and engage in thoughtful dialogue. We will broaden our understanding of public safety issues in order to better address the needs and concerns of the public, fire and emergency services communities and each other.
We will ensure that information is available, accessible and understandable.
We will share knowledge, technology and best practices to advance scientific understanding of public safety, to improve the agencies that deliver essential fire and emergency services, and to improve individuals who manage the delivery of essential fire and emergency services.
We will use sound and innovative science, and thoughtful and effective stewardship to deliver high quality products and services that are beneficial to the public and our customers.
We will respect the concerns of the public and our customers. The public safety of the community, where our products and services are utilized, will be our highest priority.
We will create clarity of direction, roles and accountability; build strong relationships with our customers and external partners; make wise decisions; steward our company resources; and take responsibility for achieving agreed upon results