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September 19, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced that the Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) program, which it administers, recently received reaccreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee. The vote to accredit came at a recent meeting of the accreditation committee.

“The ISO 17024 reaccreditation signifies that CFPS’s procedures meet ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, fairness, consensus and due process,” said Bruce Clarke, CFPS board chair. “Employers in the private and public sectors can be confident that fire protection specialists holding the CFPS credential have a skill set that is both current and relevant in their field of practice.”

CFPS is required to consistently adhere to a rigorous set of requirements or procedures set forth in ISO 17024. The accreditation is both an international and U.S. accreditation and includes an ongoing audit process.

A mark of accreditation that has been awarded by a fair, impartial, and globally-recognized third party such as ANSI is widely recognized as a valid measurement of the credibility and competency of the certification body. The accreditation enhances the integrity of the certification process, and improves consumer and public confidence in the personnel who hold the credential.

Since 1998, NFPA has administered the CFPS program. The program was first accredited in 2006. Today, more than 2,200 professionals have acquired the credential which signifies a level of expertise and professionalism through applied work experiences, related educational opportunities, and successful completion of the CFPS examination.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit the CFPS website or NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org for more information.