Chris Butts: profile of a CFPS Board Member

Blog Post created by kategreene Employee on Apr 10, 2013

Certification is an important credential that can help you demonstrate your knowledge and competence. NFPA offers four different professional certification programs including: Certified Fire Protection SpecialistCertified Fire Plan Examiner I, Certified Fire Inspector I, and Certified Fire Inspector II

Having obtained a certification, professionals can leverage this achievement to attain different goals. Recently, we profiled the responsibilities of a fire marshal who’s earned his CFPS. Today, we feature a senior fire protection engineer/code consultant who shares his current responsibilities having earned his CFPS 9 years ago.

200x200.ButtsName: Chris Butts, PE, SET, CFPS

Title: Senior Fire Protection Engineer/Code Consultant

Organization: O'Brien & Gere Engineers - Federal Business Unit  

Location: Summerville, South Carolina

Industry: Fire Protection Engineering

Where and when did you take your last NFPA certification class? Chris took the CFPS exam in Orlando, Florida in 2004. He lived in the area at the time so it was a convenient location for him.

How has NFPA certification changed your career? His current responsibilities focus on fire protection design, code consulting, project management, and business development.

“The CFPS Certification is a credential that signifies credibility in fire protection because it is based on the broad knowledge base contained in NFPA's Fire Protection Handbook."

"Clients, AHJ and employers view the CFPS credential as assurance of qualification.”

Chris was elected to the CFPS Board of Directors in June 2011 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Marketing & Communications Committee.

Have you earned certification or are you in the midst of training? Share your challenges, issues, and achievements by responding to these brief questions. We can't wait to hear from you!