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Last September, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final ruling on emergency preparedness. This ruling includes a requirement that hospitals, critical access hospitals, and long term care facilities, evaluate their emergency and standby power systems. Specifically, they must be inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with the 2010 edition of NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, as well as the 2012 editions of NFPA 99 and NFPA 101.

 

In response to this ruling, NFPA along with a dedicated group of health care facility managers, created the Certified Emergency Power System Specialist (CEPPS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers certification. The primary goal of this certification is to provide health care facility managers an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the expertise to ensure compliance with the CMS ruling, and to help keep patients, staff, and visitors to their facilities safe.

 

You can find a lot of helpful information on the CMS requirements, NFPA publications, training, and certifications including CEPSS-HC, on NFPA's CMS resource page.

 

As always, if you want to reach out to us for any reason, leave a comment below.

The Certified Fire Aalarm ITM Specialist LogoIn 2016, NFPA surveyed several thousand facility managers to see how we could help support them in their careers. The results of this survey overwhelmingly pointed to a desire for professional credentials that span a wide range of topics and that could provide recognition of competency, demonstrate a commitment to the profession, and help with job advancement.

 

To that end, NFPA is pleased to announce the Certified Fire Alarm ITM Specialist Program (CFAITMS). This certification was developed by a diverse and talented group of facility management professionals from across the country. The certification was designed to confirm a facility manager's knowledge of the challenges associated with managing an effective fire alarm ITM program, and that they are able to keep their facility in compliance with the 2016 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

 

Rodney Schauf, director of engineering for the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, who was part of the group that helped develop the certification, believes that "the CFAITMS certification is one more tool that allows the facility manager to ensure they are doing the right thing to protect people and assets where they work. Ensuring that systems are not impacted by changes in the property, or overlooked in the everyday workload we all experience, this cannot help but make the built environment safer for everybody."

 

Gain the confidence you need to advance your career and get the recognition you deserve as an expert in your field. For more information about the CFAITMS certification, visit nfpa.org/cfaitms.

 

Questions? Contact us here and we'll be happy to answer them!

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NFPA is looking for CFI-I, CFI-II, and CFPE certification holders interested in volunteering to serve on a Certification Advisory Group (CAG).

 

Purpose: to assist NFPA's certification department with ongoing projects, such as, writing exam questions, determining exam passing scores, and validating exam content and weighting.

 

Commitment: renewable 12 month terms, with an estimated 4-8 hours of work per month

 

Benefits: earn points towards recertification, grow your professional network, enhance your resume

 

Qualifications: must be a current NFPA CFI-I, CFI-II, or CFPE certification holder and have solid experience navigating through the related NFPA documents and applying their requirements

 

Important note: appointment to a CAG is at the discretion of NFPA and is based solely on applicant qualifications, keeping a balance of interests, and maintaining the group at a manageable size. CAG members can't be involved in developing or delivering training that is related to a CFI-I, CFI-II, or CFPE certification program (i.e. exam prep). Members will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement if accepted to a CAG.

 

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the above CAGs, and would like more information, please contact me at eholden@nfpa.org.

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As the remnants of hurricane Hermine passed by Massachusetts this week, my town experienced a brief power outage. The timing of this outage was somewhat fortuitous, as it got me thinking about NFPA's latest certification for facility managers on emergency and standby power, which was scheduled to launch the very next day.

 

The Certified Emergency Power Systems Specialist (CEPSS) certification, was created to provide facility managers with a means to demonstrate their knowledge of the challenges associated with the installation, maintenance, operation and testing requirements for emergency and standby power systems. It also helps facility managers demonstrate that they know what it takes to keep their facilities in compliance with the 2016 editions of NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems and NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems.

 

The Certified Emergency Power Systems Specialist (CEPSS) certification is the third in a series for facility managers. Find out more about the first two, Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers and Certified Sprinkler ITM Specialist (CSITMS).

 

Get the recognition you deserve as an expert in emergency and standby power systems. For more information about the CEPSS certification and to find all of the CEPSS candidate materials, visit nfpa.org/cepss.

CSITMS-FM logo-rgb.jpgNFPA reached out recently to several thousand facilities managers and asked them the following question, “How can NFPA certifications best meet your needs?” The results overwhelmingly pointed to a huge desire for professional credentials that span a wide range of industries and that highlight the knowledge and competence of facilities managers to their management and other stakeholders.

 

To that end, NFPA is pleased to announce its newest certification, the Certified Sprinkler ITM Specialist Program (CSITMS), which confirms 1) a facilities manager’s knowledge of the many challenges associated with a proper inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) program for water-based fire protection systems, and 2) that a facilities manager is able to keep their facility in compliance with the 2014 edition of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-based Fire Protection Systems.

 

This certification is the second in a series for facilities managers. Find out more about the first, Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers.

 

Start today and gain the confidence you need to advance your career and get the recognition you deserve as an expert in your field. For more information about the CSITMS certification and to find all of the CSITMS candidate materials, visit nfpa.org/csitms.

 

Questions? Contact us here and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!

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