Bo Mitchell, CEM
Certified Emergency Manager
International Association of Emergency Managers
Awarded by International Association of Emergency Managers, The CEM designation is the highest honor of professional achievement awarded by the IAEM. Worldwide, there are only 1,000 active CEMs, including the new Federal Emergency Management Agency director, Craig Fugate. IAEM, founded in 1952, has members in 58 countries.
To qualify, applicants must hold extensive credentials, including relevant professional experience, references, education, training and professional contributions to the profession. In addition, they submit a management essay responding to a scenario they might face while fulfilling emergency management responsibilities. They must also pass a written examination. To maintain certification, CEMs need to complete additional training and contribute to the profession every five years.
The emergency management certification program was developed over the last several years by IAEM with funding from FEMA. An advisory board of professionals from a variety of disciplines and representatives of key stakeholders in emergency management provides guidance.
IAEM administers the CEM program for the profession. Awarding the certification, policy decisions and judgments are all made by the CEM Commission of 19 professionals in the emergency management field.
Bo Mitchell, CPP
Certified Protection Professional
The CPP credential demonstrates Board Certification in Security Management by ASIS International, a worldwide organization of security management professionals.
Those with the CPP credential have demonstrated the experience and knowledge necessary to effectively manage complex security issues that threaten people and the assets of corporations, governments and public and private institutions.
Applicants must pass an intensive qualification and testing program. Minimum certification requirements include nine years of security experience, with a minimum of three years of responsible charge of a security function; or an earned Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and seven years of security experience, with a minimum of three years of responsible charge of a security function.
In addition, applicants must pass a rigorous written examination to achieve the CPP designation.
CPP-certified professionals work in the private and public sectors. The U.S. Air Force Security Forces Directorate and ASIS International provide the CPP designation to qualified officers, senior non-commissioned officers and civilians. According to Brig. Gen. Jim Shamess, Director of Security Forces, the Air Force chose the CPP certification because it:
- Provides senior commanders with professionals who have an assured level of expertise in the security profession
- Encourages more innovation in security practices
- Rounds out senior-level professional development
- Qualifies security leaders for top posts
- Makes security force development compatible with industry counterparts
ASIS International is the preeminent international organization for professionals responsible for security, including managers and directors of security. It has more than 33,000 members worldwide.
Bo Mitchell, CBCP
Certified Business Continuity Professional
Disaster Recovery Institute International
CBCP certification is awarded to individual professionals who have demonstrated enterprise wide knowledge and skill in the business continuity and disaster recovery industry. Regular recertification requires an ongoing commitment to continuing education and industry activities.
Professionals must demonstrate the development and implementation of business continuity and disaster recovery planning to facilitate the resumption of critical business functions, including, but not limited to, Human Resources, Facilities, Information Technology, Finance, Security, Engineering, and Sales and Marketing, in accordance with established formal and/or informal service level expectations. This enterprise-wide planning process involves the coordination, prioritization, resource allocation, and implementation of critical business function strategies to resume normal operating capabilities.
Certification requires passing an exam, submission of five case histories where the certificant has worked with organizations in this field and an extensive reference check with clients for whom the professional has worked.
Bo Mitchell, CHCM
Certified Hazard Control Manager
Board of Certified Hazard Control Management
CHCM is the oldest hazard control certification.
CHCM is awarded to those qualified in the whole range of federal and state regulations and best practices.
The CHCM certification concentrates on management concepts and principles as indicated in the following outline:
- Management principles and techniques
- Hazard Control Program techniques
- Interfacing staff functions
- Hazard control program disciplines and sources of information
- Legislative and regulation requirements and standards-setting organizations
- Communications and report writing
Hazard Control Management is the application of managerial techniques to eliminate or control unsafe and unhealthy conditions, behavior and other factors detrimental to people and property.
- Evaluating and certifying the capabilities of practitioners engaged in the administration of hazard control programs.
- Raising the level of competence of hazard control managers by encouraging more professional administration of hazard control programs.
- Providing the status and recognition for individual practitioners who meet certification requirements.
- Facilitating exchange of ideas to improve administration of hazard control programs.
Bo Mitchell, CHEP
Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional
Board of Certified Hazard Control Management
Awarded by the Board of Certified Hazard Control Management to professionals experienced and educated in healthcare emergency management, disaster response, emergency planning.
Bo Mitchell, CHSP
Certified Healthcare Safety Professional
Board of Certified Hazard Control Management
CHSP is the most prestigious safety certification in healthcare. The Board of Certified Hazard Control Management is also the certifying authority for CHCM (Certified Hazardous Control Manager).
CHSP is awarded to those qualified in the whole range of federal and state regulations including CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) regarding patient, staff and visitor life/fire safety plus facility emergency response, First Receiver, safety and security.
CMS is the overarching federal agency that accredits nursing home and medical facilities who are funded by Medicare and Medicaid. Its regulations are enforced by law by each state’s health department. JCAHO or the Joint Commission is the independent and private association that accredits all healthcare facilities in the US.
This certification covers:
Laws/Regulations/Standards: OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)/Accreditation Factors
Patient Safety: evacuation plans and procedures, slips, trips and falls, electrical, radiation, food and sanitation
Emergency Management: essential services and utilities, external disaster, internal disaster fire/bomb
Employee Safety: procedures, radiation shielding, chemical and biological exposures, burns, cuts and punctures, electrical, fire prevention, protection and emergency procedures, anesthetics, infection control, lifting and body mechanics, isolation techniques and nursing exposures
Facilities: lab safety-flammables, ventilation, waste management-storage and disposal, fire protection-construction and extinguishing, security, maintenance and electrical safety
Bo Mitchell, CHS-V
Certification in Homeland Security, Level V
American Board for Certification in Homeland Security
The CHS program brings together some of the world’s leading professionals from the military, the public sector (federal, state and local) and the private sector to work side-by-side before, during and after a terrorist attack or other crisis situation.
Professionals who have attained the CHS-V level have demonstrated proficiency in:
- Best practices for incidents involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) agents
- Incident Command and Management by analyzing information from pre- to post-incident and assuming a leadership role and delegating responsibilities
- Determining the broad spectrum of hazards within a business or community
- Analyzing the potential outcome of a myriad of CBRNE events
- Interpreting, analyzing and collating threat information to develop an effective plan for prevention and mitigation of a CBRNE incident
- Identifying the principal terrorist threats to the United States, including “lone wolf” terrorists and organized groups
Certification is based on Homeland Security-related experience, education, training and skill. Bo Mitchell’s training was conducted by active U.S. Army personnel.
Bo Mitchell, CSHM
Certified Safety & Health Manager
Institute for Safety and Health Management
Through its certification program, the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) promotes the advancement of safety management through the application of management principles and the integration of safety into all levels and activities of an organization. The CSHM certification program recognizes the safety and health professionals who demonstrate knowledge of health and safety management skills and techniques through examination and experience.
In addition to technical knowledge of safety and industrial hygiene, a successful safety and health manager must possess working knowledge of a broad range of business and financial principles and an understanding of related issues such as hazard analyses, accident/incident investigations, safety audits/surveys, workers’ compensation, product safety, environmental laws, quality, and labor relations.
The Certified Safety and Health Manager program is designed to provide recognition of those who can apply a broad range of health and safety management tools in these disciplines.
- General and Business Management
- Management Methods
- Safety, Health, and Environment Applications
- Risk Management Control
Bo Mitchell, CFC
Certified Forensic Consultant
American College of Forensic Examiners International
The Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC) is a certification that is awarded by the American College of Forensic Examiners International. This certification is intended to train forensic professionals in the law, both generally and specifically. It educates individuals in the fine points of being competent and knowledgeable forensic consultants in the unique environment of the American judicial system.
The American College of Forensic Examiners Institute is the world’s largest forensic membership association, best known as the organization that certifies Criminal Scene Investigators and Medical Examiners.
The purpose of the ACFEi training and examination is to teach forensic professionals both ethics and jurisprudence and to test their knowledge of the field of law.
No matter how well trained a professional may be trained in any field, all professionals experience a profound paradigm shift when they are dropped into the legal arena. The intensive study and examination for this certification prepares professionals in any field to be successful in court. CFC is the most recognized preparation for success in the adversarial system of American jurisprudence.
The CFC designation contributes to the weight of testimony relating qualifications; knowledge of the scope of the issues; the validity of the evidence presented; application of specialized knowledge to the facts in the case; and the relevance of the evidence to the issues in any case.
Bo Mitchell, CIPS
Certified Infrastructure Protection Specialist
Office of Infrastructure Protection
Certified Infrastructure Protection Specialist (CIPS) is awarded by the Office of Infrastructure Protection to professionals who have been trained in emergency planning, NFPA 1600 (National Fire Protection Association Standard on Disaster Management, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs), response to terrorism plus emergency management.
To qualify, professionals come from both the private and public sectors with experience in emergency preparedness and crisis response. Training to earn this certification includes expertise in:
- NIMS (National Incident Management System): Developed by the Secretary of Homeland Security, NIMS integrates effective practices in emergency preparedness and response into a comprehensive national framework for incident management. NIMS will enable responders at all levels to work together more effectively to manage domestic incidents no matter what the cause, size or complexity.
- NRP (National Response Plan): Establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents. The plan incorporates best practices and procedures from incident management disciplines – homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, firefighting, public works, public health, responder and recovery worker health and safety, emergency medical services, and the private sector – and integrates them into a unified structure. It forms the basis of how the federal government coordinates with state, local and tribal governments and the private sector during incidents.
- ICS (Incident Command System): The model tool for command, control, and coordination of a response and provides a means to coordinate the efforts of individual agencies as they work toward the common goal of stabilizing the incident and protecting life, property and the environment. ICS uses principles that have been proven to improve efficiency and effectiveness in a business setting and applies the principles to emergency response. Federal law requires the use of ICS for response to HAZMAT incidents.
Bo Mitchell, CAS
Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist
Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board
The Anti Terrorism Accreditation Board in conjunction with the Terrorism Response Association and the International Society for Anti Terrorism Professionals has established a comprehensive training and examination process for terrorism responders for the Certified Anti-terrorism Specialist in an array of terrorism issues.
- Terrorism in Perspective
- Incidents & Indicators
- Self Protection in a Hot Zone
- Scene Control
- Notification and Coordination
- Hostage/Crisis Negotiations
- Cyber Terrorism Deployment
- Terrorism Response Plan
- IT Security while Traveling
- How Terrorist Choose their Victims, Ways to Avoid Them
- Emergency Response to Terrorism (Operational Considerations)
- Emergency Response to Terrorism (CBRNE)
- Preserving Evidence at a Terrorist Incident
- Being Held Hostage and Surviving
- Stress Management After the Incident
- Sea Port Security
- Aviation Security
- Using Computer Forensics in Corporate Investigations
- Energy Facilities: Protecting them from Terrorism
- Responding to a Cyber Incident
- Securing a High Risk Facility
- Managing a Protective Detail
- Establishing a Computer Forensics Program
- Healthcare Readiness for CBRNE Terrorist Events
- Road Side Bombs and Vehicle Born IED’s
- The Use of Wi-Fi in Fighting Crime and Terrorism
- Disaster in the Data Center
Bo Mitchell, CSC
Certified Security Consultant
The International Association of Professional Security Consultants
The International Association of Professional Security Consultants is the premiere association of security consultants worldwide. Just to become a member requires sponsors, nomination, references and vetting.
The IAPSC has created the Certified Security Consultant℠ designation for professional, independent security consultants. The CSCSM reflects a high level of professionalism, knowledge, and integrity and will be the recognized standard for Security Consultants.
The CSC℠ demonstrates depth of knowledge, professional objectivity, skills as a security consultant, and level of integrity. In keeping with the professionalism of the IAPSC, the CSCSM qualifications are designed to screen out product-affiliated salesman who call themselves security consultants. The CSC℠ requires a combination of experience and education, as well as independence, professional objectivity and adherence to a Professional Code of Ethics. There is no grandfathering of CSC℠s.
Earning this certification requires the meeting of strict qualifications. Then, a 100-question examination must be passed. The exam includes questions regarding consulting practices, security management, and business ethics.
Recertification every three years is also required
Bo Mitchell, CSSM
Certified in Security Supervision & Management
International Foundation for Protection Officers
Awarded by the International Foundation for Protection Officers, the premier association for security and protection officers.
Bo Mitchell, TFCT3
Trained Field Controller, TOPOFF 3
Department of Homeland Security
TOPOFF 3 was the third of a Congressionally-directed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) national exercise series conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The five-day exercise simulated a terrorist WMD campaign with simulated attacks occurring in Connecticut and New Jersey, with a series of exercise activities of increasing complexity. The specific scenarios for the exercise are classified and confidential.
TOPOFF 3 deployed 10,000 participants from 27 federal agencies, and more than 200 government as well as private sector organizations. Participants included cabinet secretaries, international partners, governors, mayors, city managers, local fire and police, search and rescue personnel, public health and public communications officials and the private sector.
Bo Mitchell was appointed to TOPOFF 3 as the official liaison of ASIS International in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He served as Field Controller and Official Planner. He was trained at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut (the Coast Guard was transferred to the DHS in 2003).
The role of Field Controller requires coordination of spontaneous Player activity over the five days of the exercise. The goal is to determine how companies react to regional, national and international events regarding crisis response for their employees and corporate assets.
The primary objectives for TOPOFF 3 were to:
- Improve the nation’s capacity to prevent, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks in accordance with DHS protocols using the Interim National Response Plan and National Incident Management System
- Identify baseline capabilities and derive consensus performance standards to measure proficiency against a range of probable threats
- Synchronize the TOPOFF exercise series with national goals and objectives
- Improve international coordination and cooperation during WMD terrorist incident response
- Assess and strengthen government, non-government, and private sector partnerships to prevent, respond to, and recover from WMD incidents
The first TOPOFF was conducted in May 2000; TOPOFF 2 was conducted in May 2003. TOPOFF 3 was held in April 2005.
Bo Mitchell, CERT
Community Emergency Response Team
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are a volunteer resource that is part of a community’s operational capability following a disaster.
During the 40-hour training, CERTs learn to:
- Prepare for the hazards that threaten their communities
- Apply size-up and safety principles
- Locate and turn off utilities
- Extinguish small fires
- Identify hazardous materials situations
- Triage and treat victims
- Set up a medical treatment area
- Conduct searches and rescues in lightly and moderately damaged structures
- Understand the psychological impact of a disaster on themselves and others
- Organize CERT members and spontaneous volunteers for an effective and safe response
- Apply response skills in a disaster simulation
When a disaster or overwhelming event occurs and responders are not immediately available, CERTs can assist by:
- Conducting an initial size-up in their homes or workplaces
- Reducing immediate dangers by turning off utilities, suppressing small fires, evacuating the area and helping others
- Providing first aid treatment to people in the immediate area
- Working with CERT members and volunteers to establish a command post, staging area, and medical triage and treatment areas
- Collecting damage information and developing a plan of operation based on life-saving priorities and available resources
- Applying their training to situations where CERT members can make a difference
- Establishing and maintaining communication with responders
CERT training is authorized and funded by FEMA.
Bo Mitchell, CMC
Certified Management Consultant
The Institute of Management Consultants
The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) is the professional association and certifying body dedicated to promoting excellence and ethics in management consulting.
The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) credential is an acknowledgement of extensive experience, peer reviews, client audits and adherence to the IMC USA Code of Ethics.
CMC certification is regarded as the mark of excellence among management consulting professionals.
Applicants for certification undergo thorough investigation of their consulting experience. Each is interviewed by a panel of senior consultants to verify their technical competence. All must pass a written examination evidencing familiarity with the Institute’s Code of Ethics, which they have pledged in writing to follow.
In addition, a CMC consultant must:
- Have at least five years of experience in the full-time practice of management consulting, with major responsibility for client projects during at least one of those years
- Provide multiple references, most of them officers or executives of clients served. These references are investigated to assure that consulting relationships were satisfactory
- Provide written summaries of five client assignments (disguised to protect client identity)
- Pass a qualifying interview by senior consultants who have earned the CMC mark, demonstrating professional competence and currency in areas of specialization, application of experience and understanding of the management consulting process
- Be examined to confirm understanding of the Code of Ethics and attests annually to abide by it