About Professional Credentialing & CPC

What Is a "Professional Designation"?

A Professional Designation is recognition of broad career and educational professional accomplishments.  Designations offered by the Commission on Professional Credentialing are internationally-recognized third-party verification of professional competence in fire and emergency services.
CPSE’s Professional Designation
CPSE's Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) assists emergency services officers in their professional development by providing officers with guidance on career planning through participation in the Professional Designation Program.
CPC offers several designations, including Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO), Chief Training Officer (CTO), Fire Marshal (FM) and Fire Officer (FO). CPC developed these designations using a model that looks at the "whole" officer. Achieving the designation requires a strong educational background; diverse participation in emergency services at the local, state and national level; and demonstrated involvement in the broader community, all validated by emergency services peers
The eleven-member Commission on Professional Credentialing consists of individuals from the emergency services profession, federal and local government, and academia.
The Commission is responsible for:
  • Setting and maintaining the professional designation standards
  • Making decisions concerning individual designation, organization operation and special programs and activities



For any questions, or assistance with Professional Designations, contact 703-691-4620, option 2, or email:   dsobotka@cpse.org.