Frequently Asked Question

What Is the Difference Between “Accredited” and “General” Leadership Education?

As depicted in the infographic below, 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) 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.

“Accredited” Leadership Education (ALE) in the context of Paramedic Officer credentialing is specifically limited to programs and conference sessions which have been voluntarily submitted to NEMSMA’s Committee on Accreditation for detailed review of how the educational content “maps to” (i.e., covers topics contained in) the NEMSMA Seven Pillars of National EMS Officer Competencies, as well as an objective assessment of how the program or conference session plans to meet established standards for educational planning, implementation and evaluation. ALE consists of programs and conference sessions on leadership and management topics which have been accredited by NEMSMA’s Committee on Accreditation. All ALE hours are accepted by the American College of Paramedic Executives (ACPE) towards satisfaction of the total Qualifying Education hour requirements for Paramedic Officer credentialing candidates.

“General” (a/k/a Approved) Leadership Education (GLE), on the other hand, consists of other programs and conference sessions on leadership and management topics which have not been reviewed by NEMSMA’s Committee on Accreditation, nor has there been any formal review of whether or how the program or conference session “maps to” (i.e., covers topics contained in) the NEMSMA Seven Pillars of National EMS Officer Competencies, certificates of completion or transcripts of which are submitted to the American College of Paramedic Executives (ACPE) by individuals seeking Paramedic Officer credentialing as part of the individual’s application portfolio. The decision to accept GLE hours from a particular program or conference towards satisfaction of total Qualifying Education hour requirement rests entirely with the ACPE.

For more information on the ACPE and Paramedic Officer credentialing, click here.

NEMSMA Qualifying Education Chart