Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association (NEPA) Launches Certification Program
The Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association (NEPA) has launched a new program designed to recognize individuals in Nevada who possess the expertise to work in the field of emergency management.
The NEPA Certification Program will grant official certifications to NEPA members who demonstrate capabilities in all five mission areas of emergency management (mitigation, prevention, protection, response and recovery).
The Certification Program will award applicants one of two levels of certification:
Nevada Emergency Manager (NVEM): This certification recognizes individuals who possess advanced knowledge, skills and experience to perform effectively within a comprehensive emergency management program. NVEM applicants must possess at least three years of working experience during which at least 25 percent of the applicant’s duties are related to all-hazards emergency management. The applicant must also demonstrate contributions to the field of emergency management that may include (but are not limited to): disaster experience, speaking engagements, publications and/or leadership appointments.
Nevada Emergency Manager-Associate (NVEM-A): This certification recognizes individuals who possess knowledge, skills and abilities to perform within a comprehensive emergency management program, but may lack work experience. NVEM-A applicants must possess at least one year of working experience during which at least 25 percent of the applicant’s duties are related to all-hazards emergency management.
“Our new Emergency Manager certification program is another building block for a more resilient Nevada,” said NEPA President Yuri Graves. “It provides a multi-tiered competency measurement that allows our emergency managers to show their personal commitment to excellence regarding community readiness and collaboration. This is a giant step in validating our profession within our state, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this effort.”
Applicants for both the NVEM and NVEM-A must be NEPA members, complete a certification application, and submit an application fee of $50.
Interested applicants can apply at www.nepaonline.org.