Continuing Professional Development Standing Committee

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.

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 the term is denoted in parentheses below.

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


Annual Conference

This subcommittee identifies the topics, speakers, and designs the annual conference program. Members may review presentations and moderate sessions.

Committee Chair: Beth Tubbs
Committee Co-Chair:  TBD
Staff Liaison: Theona Salmon Ponder

Course Content and Delivery

The subcommittee identifies the content that is needed and provides 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 also identifies 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 does not have the authority to engage contractors in support of subcommittee activities but is 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.

Subcommittee Chair: Warren Bonisch
Staff Liaison: Louis Guerrazzi

Intl Performance-Based Codes Conference

This subcommittee identifies the topics, speakers, and designs the conference program. Members may review presentations and moderate sessions.

Committee Co-Chair: TBD
Committee Co-Chair: TBD
Committee Co-Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: Theona Salmon Ponder

PE Exam Review

The subcommittee for the PE Exam Review 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.

Subcommittee Chair: Stephen Dale
Staff Liaison: Louis Guerrazzi

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.