Commission on Professional Credentialing Launches Chief Training Officer Designation

The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) of the Center for Public Safety Excellence has launched a new designation for Chief Training Officer (CTO).

Steve Cox, CFO, CEMSO, CFPS, MIFireE, Chair, CPC said, “As the Commission on Professional Credentialing discussed future designations it was clear that education and training is the most important role within the Fire and Emergency Services. Training personnel at all levels is most paramount, and the role of the Chief of Training is critical to the success of the organization. The individual that manages all aspects of the education and training program, researches and develops lessons, conducts didactic and practical lessons, and prepares persons to function at all levels, should have a professional designation. “

The designation, which targets administrators of training and educational programs in emergency services, follows the CPC process requiring the candidate to demonstrate excellence in seven key areas: Experience, Education, Professional Development, Professional Contributions, Professional Memberships and Affiliations, Community Service, and Technical Competencies.

In partnership with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), credentialed Professional Instructors with a certain level of experience and education will have an opportunity to apply using a streamlined process.

ISFSI is proud to partner with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and endorse the Chief Training Officer designation, said ISFSI President Douglas K. Cline. “The collaborative efforts between CPSE and ISFSI have enhanced the credentialing of Fire Service Instructors worldwide through an innovative process where the instructor can develop and grow through the ranks of the fire service.”

To learn more about the Chief Training Officer designation or to begin the application process, visit

About the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.
CPSE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1996 to award accreditation to fire and emergency service agencies and to pursue scientific research and education in the public interest. In 2000 credentialing was developed to facilitate in the professional development and career planning for fire and emergency service personnel.