What Is a "Professional Designation"?
A professional designation is awarded to individuals reflecting a compilation of career accomplishments – higher education, professional certifications, memberships and active participation in professional associations, community involvement, contributions to the profession and other factors.
CPSE’s Professional Designation
CPSE’s Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) assists emergency services officers in their professional development by providing officers with guidance on career planning through participation in the Professional Designation Program.
CPC offers several designations, including Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO), Chief Training Officer (CTO), Fire Marshal (FM) and Fire Officer (FO). CPC developed these designations using a model that looks at the "whole" officer. Achieving the designation requires a strong educational background; diverse participation in emergency services at the local, state and national level; and demonstrated involvement in the broader community, all validated by emergency services peers
The eleven-member Commission on Professional Credentialing consists of individuals from the emergency services profession, federal and local government, and academia.
The Commission is responsible for:
- Setting and maintaining the professional designation standards
- Making decisions concerning individual designation, organization operation and special programs and activities
"After 33 years in the fire service, I was looking for a program that would bring a wide variety of training, education, experience, and public service into one complete package. Chief Fire Officer and Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer credentialing provided the mechanism to accomplish that. During a recent city commission meeting where I was recognized for accomplishing these designations, my city manager called this 'the highest level of achievement possible for a fire chief.'"
Jack Taylor, CFO, CEMSO
Chief, Emporia Fire Department/Lyon County EMS, Emporia, Kans.