Frequently Asked Question

What is the Difference between a “Registered Leadership Education Provider” and “Accreditation”?

Leadership education providers are required to be registered with NEMSMA in order to seek accreditation of their programs or conference sessions. This means that before being allowed to apply for program or conference session accreditation, an education provider must register with NEMSMA to become designated as a NEMSMA “Registered Leadership Education Provider (RLEP).” However, registration does not mean that programs or conferences offered by the RLEP are automatically accredited.

“Accreditation” is a separate process following RLEP registration during which a Registered Leadership Education Provider submits the educational content of its programs or conference sessions to NEMSMA’s Committee on Accreditation for a 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 plans to meet established standards for educational planning, implementation and evaluation.

Registered Leadership Education Providers may identify themselves as “Registered” in promotional and marketing materials, but may not represent that their educational offerings are “Accredited” until such accreditation has actually been awarded. Accreditation is awarded only for individual programs or conferences sessions. Once a particular program or conference session receives Accreditation, the Registered Leadership Education Provider may use the NEMSMA Accreditation logo (or other NEMSMA-approved designation) in publications, displays, and on course completion certificates related to the particular program or conference session for which accreditation has been awarded.