Frequently Asked Question

What is NEMSMA Accreditation?

Individual candidates for Paramedic Officer credentialing at the Supervising Paramedic Officer (SPO), Managing Paramedic Officer (MPO) and Fellow in the American College of Paramedic Executives (FACPE or “Fellow”) levels are required to demonstrate a minimum number of “Qualifying Education” hours commensurate with the level of credentialing they are applying for as a prerequisite when they submit their credentialing application and portfolio. Qualifying Education is further divided into “Accredited” and “General” (a/k/a Approved) Leadership Education hours, with a combination of each type required. Programs and conference sessions registered and recognized through the NEMSMA accreditation process will satisfy the “Accredited” portion of the Qualifying Education credentialing and re-certification portfolio requirements. For more on the difference between “Accredited” and “General” Leadership Education, please see: What Is the Difference Between “Accredited” and “General” Leadership Education?

To meet NEMSMA accreditation standards, an education provider must demonstrate that a particular program or conference session “maps to” (i.e., covers topics contained in) the standardized knowledge objectives and skill sets established in the NEMSMA Seven Pillars of National EMS Officer Competencies. NEMSMA accreditation shows that an education provider has voluntarily submitted leadership educational content to an objective assessment of its ability to meet established standards for educational planning, implementation, and evaluation and that it has met or exceeded those criteria. Educational programs and conferences which have gone through the NEMSMA accreditation process have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in leadership and management education. To download a copy of the NEMSMA Seven Pillars of National EMS Officer Competencies, click here.