CEDP (Certified Emergency Disaster Professional) Certification

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers, also known as BCHCM, was established in 1976 as a not-for-profit independent credentialing organization. The Board establishes certification and re-certification requirements for the Certified Emergency Disaster Professional (CEDP). The Board operates as an independent professional credentialing organization that is not affiliated with any other membership group, association, or lobbying body. The Board exists solely for the purpose of issuing individual certifications to qualified candidates. Our mission is to 'Upgrade the Profession' by offering real world and practical certifications.


CEDP Background  

IBFCSM launched the credential to meet the need for a practical but 'professional credential' for those working in the public, private, and governmental positions related to emergency/disaster management. Personnel serving in the following related functions may qualify to sit for the Exam: (1) emergency/disaster managers or coordinators, (2) public health department personnel including infection prevention professionals, (3) federal, state, and local governmental personnel performing emergency related responsibilities, (4) hazardous material managers, (5) first responders including fire and law enforcement professionals, (6) emergency medical technicians,  (7) emergency, safety, and management consultants, (8) occupational safety and health managers, (9) hazard control professionals, (10) private security officers,  (11) emergency  volunteers, and (12) any others who work in functions related to emergency and disaster management. The exam addresses emergency planning, management, response, and mitigation concepts. It also addresses emergency related standards and/or best practices from reliable sources including organizations such as:  FEMA, DHS, DHHS, NFPA, ASTM, ANSI, NRC, CDC, EPA, and OSHA.  Candidates can qualify at the Master Level exam by documenting at least eight (8) years of years of relevant experience and/or education in an emergency preparedness, response, or disaster related position. Please note that IBFCSM does not require candidates to have a four-year degree to qualify. However, college credits and degrees may be used by some candidates to help them qualify. Each 30 semester hours of college credits can substitute for one year of experience for a maximum of three years. Candidates with less than eight years of experience and/or education may qualify for at the Associate Level by documenting four years of education and/or experience.  Special consideration may be granted for candidates who have completed a bachelor's or master's degree in an Emergency Management, Disaster Management, or Homeland Security related discipline.


CEDP Exam Outline