Frequently Asked Question

What Forms of Accreditation Are Available Through NEMSMA?

NEMSMA’s Accreditation program is divided into two categories: Conference Session Accreditation and Program Accreditation.

Conference Session Accreditation is limited specifically to national, state, regional, and local conferences of any duration. NEMSMA does not accredit the conference itself, but rather individual sessions offering Leadership educational content within the context of the conference environment. Conference session accreditation is therefore tied specifically to each individual conference session and is only valid for the specific dates of a specific conference.

For example, Leadership education sessions offered at an annual state EMS conference held in March 2018 may receive accreditation for the March 2018 conference dates. Subsequent conferences run by the same host (i.e., the same state EMS conference held in March 2019) will have to have re-apply for conference session accreditation for all Leadership education sessions offered at subsequent conferences. This is the case regardless of whether any particular session was accredited in previous years or at other conferences conducted by the same or a different organization.

Accredited sessions may be repeated during the duration of a particular conference (although the conference host will be charged accreditation fees based upon the total number of hours of accredited sessions it will be offering).

Program Accreditation includes classes, courses, workshops, programs, and distributed learning delivered outside the context of a conference. Programs may be of any length or duration, ranging from as little as one (1) hour to as long as a 16-week semester and beyond. Program accreditation, once received, is valid for up to 5 years, provided the Registered Leadership Education Provider (RLEP) pays the annual fee to maintain their registration and corresponding eligibility to maintain on-going program accreditation.

Re-accreditation of programs at intervals of not more than every 5 years helps ensure that accredited programs are keeping pace with updates to the NEMSMA Seven Pillars of National EMS Officer Competencies and industry leadership standards.