Professional Development Committee (CPD)

Scope of Work

The Standing Committee on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is charged with developing and maintaining a strategic continuing education plan for the Society; developing core educational content, providing guidance on topics and content for workshops, symposia, and conferences, which meet the body of knowledge transfer and continuing education needs of members worldwide; providing guidance on the delivery formats and methods to facilitate global delivery of core educational content; implementing the instructor review and approval process as defined in the standing rules; and providing guidance on the use of relevant education from other allied organizations.

Committee Members

The SFPE Board of Directors appoints committee members for a three-year term. Members can request to be appointed to a second three-year term. The Chair and the staff liaison review requests. Decisions are made by the Board of Directors. The end of term is denoted in parentheses below.

Committee Chair: Mark Fessenden
Vice-Chair: Jimmy Landmesser
Staff Liaison: Louis Guerrazzi


Course Content and Delivery

Subcommittee Co-Chair: Phil Gunning
Subcommittee Co-Chair: Warren Bonisch
Staff Liaison: Louis Guerrazzi

Scope of Work

The subcommittee shall identify the content that is needed and provide oversight over its development. The development of the content may come from members, consultants, staff, or other resources identified by the committee. In all cases, the development of the content must adhere to the policies and procedures established by the Standing Committee and approved by the Board, or otherwise established by the Board as required.

The subcommittee will also identify modes of delivery and formats (online and in-person) that can help SFPE effectively deliver the core educational content anywhere in the world in a cost-effective and timely manner.

The subcommittee will not have the authority to engage contractors in support of subcommittee activities but would be expected to provide input to staff on competency requirements for evaluating contractors and bids and to provide a content review of contractors’ bids if requested.

    Emerging Professionals of SFPE

    Subcommittee Co-Chair: Brian O'Connor
    Subcommittee Co-Chair: Jonathon Beardmore

    Staff Liaison: Louis Guerrazzi

    Scope of Work

    The subcommittee for Emerging Professionals comprises members early in their Fire Protection Engineering career to engage their peers within SPFE and provide content and materials needed during the early stages of one's career.

    PE Exam Preparation

    Subcommittee Chair: Stephen Dale
    Staff Liaison: Louis Guerrazzi

    Scope of Work

    The subcommittee for PE Exam Preparation is comprised of members with an interest, experience, or expertise in developing or delivering content for fire protection engineering or other related credentialing examinations. The subcommittee is responsible for developing, promoting, and delivering tools to prepare candidates for the U.S. engineering licensure examination and other credentialing examinations. Subcommittee members cannot be involved in PE exam development activities.

    How to Join a Committee

    Each committee is led by a committee chair, or co-chairs, and has a staff liaison assigned to it. To join a standing committee or subcommittee, you must be logged in to your member profile. Click here and navigate to "Committee Request" under "Forms." The Board of Directors will review applications and make appointments on a rolling basis.

    On January 9, 2019, the SFPE Committee Operations Manual was adopted.