This new initiative developed by the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) grew from a critical need to develop the next generation of EMS leaders. NEMSMA has identified the core competencies needed for leaders in the EMS environment and three distinct levels of leadership, each one a building block for the next:
1) Supervising Paramedic Officer
2) Managing Paramedic Officer
3) Executive Paramedic Officer (Fellow of the College of Paramedic Executives)
Why pursue NEMSMA credentialing?
The three professional credentialing exams were created to measure the attributes and skills individuals needed to be EMS officers, at the supervisory, manager and executive levels. These courses offer a way for individuals to test and validate their abilities to lead EMS organizations. While credentialing provides motivation to pursue additional education, it also provides recognition and differentiation for those wishing to advance in their careers.
The American College of Paramedic Executives (ACPE), a separate organization developed by NEMSMA, oversees the certification process. The ACPE represents the establishment of the first professional college within the field of paramedicine in the United States. Leadership of the college is entrusted to a 13-member commission of distinguished EMS leaders. The ACPE in cooperation with NEMSMA will be responsible for upholding the standards for paramedic officers through a rigorous multi-level credentialing process. Individuals that become certified as executive paramedic officers will be granted the status of Fellow in the American College of Paramedic Executives.
In order to earn a Paramedic Officer certification, candidates must demonstrate relevant EMS experience, participate in qualifying education and successfully complete examination requirements as established by the ACPE. Beginning in 2020, candidates will also be required to fulfill higher education degree requirements. A listing of current requirements can be found here.
Go here to begin an application for credentialing.
NEMSMA is a professional association of EMS leaders dedicated to the discovery, development, and promotion of excellence in leadership and management in EMS systems, regardless of EMS system model, organizational structure or agency affiliation.
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