What is Credentialing?

CPC Credentialing is a professional designation model that recognizes career excellence and offers strategies for continuous personal improvement.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) offers five distinct designations covering the various levels and specialties of fire officers. CPC provides an application process that officers use to develop their portfolio, training and support while developing their portfolio, and access to experienced peer reviewers. While it can be a bit of work to develop your portfolio; we promise it’s worth it.

Working towards, achieving, and maintaining your designation will:

  • Highlight your professional growth
  • Document strategies for your career enhancement and development
  • Demonstrate your commitment to life-long learning, skill development, and community service
  • Affirm your dedication to proficiency and delivery of all-hazard services to your community
  • Improve your chances of being successful in hiring and promotion processes by identifying you as a candidate with superior skills, knowledge, and leadership capabilities
  • Foster a source of pride for you or those in your agency you encourage to become credentialed

Ready to get started? Learn how to get credentialed. Need more information? Read on…

Which Designation is Right for Me?

The Chief Fire Officer is open to chief officers serving at or above the level of battalion chief.

Chief EMS Officer is open to chief EMS officers with a minimum of 10 years emergency medical services field or system experience as an Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Registered Nurse, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, or Physician.

Chief Training Officer is open to administrators of training programs in fire and emergency service agencies.

Fire Marshal is open to fire marshals or fire prevention officers with a fire prevention bureau or management responsibilities over code enforcement, education, fire investigations, engineering, or other aspects of fire prevention programs.

Fire Officer is open to all junior officers, company officers, or those who have served in an intermittent acting status for 12 months.

What are the CPC Model Components?

Designated officers are often described as being progressive and well-rounded. Part of the reason for this is the holistic scope of the CPC model. It looks at the “whole officer”, focusing on seven components that cover the span of an officer’s experience.

  • Education
  • Experience
  • Professional Development (training and certifications)
  • Professional Contributions and Recognitions
  • Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Technical Competence (depending on the credential, 7 to 20 different competencies)
  • Community Involvement