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CEM – Certified Emergency Manager
CPP – Certified Protection Professional
CHS-V – Certification in Homeland Security, Level V
CBCP – Certified Business Continuity Professional
CSI-ML – Certified Safety Instructor Master Level
HSEEP – Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
CNTA – Certified National Threat Analyst
IAC – Intelligence Analyst Certified
MOAB – Managing Violent & Aggressive Behavior
CHSP – Certified Healthcare Safety Professional
CHEP – Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional
CSHM – Certified Safety & Health Manager
CESCO – Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer
CHCM – Certified Hazard Control Manager
CFC – Certified Forensic Consultant
CSSM – Certified in Security Supervision & Management
CSC – Certified Security Consultant
CAS – Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist
TFCT3 – Trained Field Controller, TOPOFF 3
CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
CHSEMR – Certified Homeland Security Emergency Medical Response
CMC – Certified Management Consultant
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.
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, 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, CSI-ML
Certified Safety Instructor-Master Level
World Safety Organization
Certified Instructors must demonstrate proficiency first in basic public speaking, use and control of audio-visual aids, handling distractions and difficult students. Certified Instructors must then demonstrate proficiency in four types of presentations: formal briefing, informal briefing; verbal report, and classroom instruction. Additionally, development and preparation of audio-visual aids and “class action synergy” are required. CSI-ML is highest level of instructor certification. It requires demonstrated proficiency in program development, presentation, media choice, points for documentation and paper publishing, and continuity. Additionally, an evaluated presentation at a WSO Symposium is required.
Bo Mitchell, HSEEP Trained 24-Hour Practitioner
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Exercises are a key component of national and workplace preparedness.
FEMA 24-hour course is their most rigorous training of practitioners.
HSEEP-trained professionals are qualified to create, organize, facilitate, manage and evaluate lessons learned for tabletop, simulation and full-scale exercises to address the priorities established by any organization’s leaders. Exercises are based on the National Preparedness Goal, strategy documents, threat and hazard identification/risk assessment processes, capability assessments, and the results from previous exercises and real-world events.
Exercise evaluation assesses the ability to meet exercise objectives and capabilities by documenting strengths, areas for improvement, core capability performance, and corrective actions in an After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP).
Use of HSEEP—in line with the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System—supports all employers in improving our national capacity to build, sustain, and deliver safety and security to workplaces.
Applicability and Scope: HSEEP exercise and evaluation doctrine is flexible, scalable, adaptable, and is for use by stakeholders in any kind of workplace. HSEEP doctrine is applicable for exercises across all mission areas—prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Using HSEEP supports the National Preparedness System by providing a consistent approach to exercises and measuring progress toward building, sustaining, and delivering safety and security to workplaces. HSEEP doctrine is based on national best practices and is supported by training, technology systems, tools, and technical assistance. The National Exercise Program (NEP) is consistent with the HSEEP methodology. Exercise practitioners are encouraged to apply and adapt HSEEP doctrine to meet their specific needs.
Bo Mitchell, CNTA
Certified National Threat Analyst
American Board for Certification in Homeland Security
With the ever-growing threat of terrorism at home and abroad, homeland security professionals need to be knowledgeable of the intricacies of the international terror network. They need skills in identifying and analyzing terrorist threats in a variety of settings and applications.
Developed by experts in terrorism, the Certified National Threat Analyst, CNTA® certification program is designed to recognize this skill set in individuals who carry CNTA certification.
CNTA is a set of eight certification exams on aspects of terrorism. Candidates elect the exams for which they sit. Successful completion of five of the eight exams is required to earn initial CNTA certification. To maintain CNTA certification, those with CNTA designation are required to obtain 30 Certification Maintenance Units (CMU) per 3-year recertification cycle. Exam topics are outlined below:
- Homegrown Terrorism
- Financing Terrorism
- Radical Islamic Terrorism
- Terrorism Trauma Syndrome
- 21st Century Terrorism
- School Safety and Security
Bo Mitchell, IAC
Intelligence Analyst Certified, IAC®
American Board of Intelligence Analysts
The American Board of Intelligence Analysts® (ABIA) cultivates excellence in the examination, study, and assessment of real and potential threats, risks, and adversaries in the public and private intelligence sector(s). Our mission is accomplished through a sector-agnostic approach to the study of best practices, tactics, operation, organizational structure, mindset, and leadership in the analysis of intelligence for a multitude of purposes.
Intelligence Analyst Certified, IAC® represents intelligence analysts and intelligence practitioners to include law enforcement officers, fusion center coordinators, members of the military, security professionals, and corporate stakeholders. Certificants must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes essential for excellence, and the review, interpretation, and assessment of intelligence through various levels of specialized training and sharing of best practices among their respective organizations.
ABIA’s certification is for intelligence practitioners serving in the current multi-faceted intelligence environment. IAC benchmarks professionals in the field and enhance our nation’s ability to gather, analyze, disseminate, and utilize information to prevent terrorist attacks; prevent or solve crimes; protect against, respond to, and recover from security breaches and incidents of all kinds; and to coordinate and strengthen the mission of protecting the free world from acts of tyranny, terror, and aggression.
ABIA supports best practices such as the InfraGard program, sector-specific information sharing & analysis centers (ISACs), regional fusion centers, and other similar organizations throughout the Intelligence Community.
Bo Mitchell, MOAB
Managing Violent & Aggressive Behavior
MOAB Training International
MOAB® Training International, Inc. is the leader among training and consulting organizations across the US and Canada, specializing in programs on managing aggressive behavior. MOAB certifies professionals to train employees working for private and public-sector workplaces to address aggressive behavior that can lead to workplace violence.
Since 1983, over 5,000 agencies have benefited from MOAB’s highly researched, state-of-the-art programs. MOAB’s goal is to teach participants how to protect themselves from injury, and at the same time, control individuals without causing them harm. Our valuable programs empower people with necessary skills to avert conflict and injuries through various de-escalation techniques. Participants include corporations, law enforcement organizations, security, academic, healthcare, military, and federal agencies.
MOAB trains principles, techniques, and skills for recognizing, reducing, and managing violent and aggressive behavior. The program also provides humane and compassionate methods of dealing with aggressive people. MOAB:
- Uses non-verbal, verbal and physical based on a solid principle.
- Goes beyond the strategies for preventing and diffusing a crisis by addressing the multitude of crises and stages of conflict.
- Is the most innovative, comprehensive, and effective course on managing aggressive behavior in the country today.
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, 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, 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, CESCO
Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer
National Registry of Environmental Professionals™
Awarded by the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP), this certification addresses the urgent need by government and the public for skilled and knowledgeable professionals to work protecting individuals and facilities in construction, government, utilities, business and industry.
The purpose of the Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer is to identify professionals who master the most significant laws and regulations pertaining to air, water, wastewater pollution and solid and hazardous wastes, and safety.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
Since the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, it has become clear that no facility, location, or person is immune from domestic or international terrorism. Terrorists have started moving away from well-protected government and symbolic structures to attack more vulnerable targets such as schools, hospitals, and theaters.
That means security professionals and medical personal must be constantly ready for the unexpected. Explosives, biological attacks, chemical weapons, radiological incidents, and even nuclear threats are being employed by terrorists around the globe. It is absolutely essential that emergency responders have a working knowledge of these threats if they are to effectively mitigate these incidents and avoid injury to themselves and others.
The Certified Homeland Security and Emergency Medical Response Course provides a clear and concise overview of common terrorist threats and how to handle them. The course also offers practical instruction on the necessary equipment used and practice scenarios to help hone response skills. It discusses the basic techniques for risk assessment, target and hazard identification, as well as countermeasures and response methods. Effective response to any terrorist attack or public safety threat can happen when responders have a plan and are properly trained to handle such incidents.
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