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Certified Fire Protection Specialist Program Receives ANSI Accreditation


New York, Oct 11, 2006

The Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) program administered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI's Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee approved the accreditation at the committee’s September meeting.

“The ISO 17024 accreditation is an important milestone for CFPS and for the fire protection field of practice,” said Dr. Robert S. Fleming, CFPS Board Chair. “Employers in the private and public sectors can be confident that fire protection specialists holding the CFPS designation possess the necessary skills and experience to effectively implement fire protection policies and strategies.”

ISO/IEC 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons, was adopted as an American National Standard (ANS) in January 2006. The standard was developed with active participation by U.S. experts and published in 2003 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Accreditation by ANSI signifies that CFPS procedures meet ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process in accordance with the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard. In order to maintain accreditation, CFPS is required to consistently adhere to a rigorous set of requirements or procedures.

A mark of accreditation that has been awarded by a fair, impartial, and globally recognized third party such as ANSI is widely recognized as a valid measurement of the credibility and competency of the certification body. The accreditation enhances the integrity of the certification process, and improves consumer and public confidence in the personnel who hold the credential.

Since 1998, NFPA has administered the CFPS program. More than 2,000 professionals have acquired a level of expertise and professionalism through applied work experiences, related educational opportunities, and through successful completion of the CFPS examination.

For more CFPS information, please visit www.nfpa.org/certification.

For more information on ANSI's Personnel Accreditation Program, please visit www.ansi.org/accreditation.

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