Professional Qualifications Standing Committee

The Standing Committee on Professional Qualifications (CPQ) is charged with developing, disseminating, and maintaining an occupational competency standard for the fire protection engineering profession, to include minimum criteria for professional licensing and credentialing; sustaining an engineering licensure examination within the standards (e.g. item quality and quantity, testing format, test specification refresh frequency, clean audit statement, etc.) established by the United States (U.S.) National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES); establishing and promoting the profession’s Canons of Ethics and providing impartial evaluations on questions of ethics within the profession; facilitating the development of new fire protection engineering programs and courses; promoting new and existing courses in fire protection engineering, and assisting in new and continuing accreditation of fire protection engineering and technology programs.

Committee Members

Committee members are appointed by the SFPE Board of Directors for a three-year term. Members can request to be appointed for additional terms. Requests are reviewed by the Chair and the staff liaison and decisions are made by the Board of Directors. The end of the term is denoted in parentheses below.

Committee Chair: Doug Fisher
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Subcommittees

Higher Education

Subcommittee Chair: Virginia Charter
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Babak Bahrani
Staff Liaison: Louis Guerrazzi & Leslie Marshall

The Subcommittee on Higher Education is comprised of members with an interest, experience, or expertise in the development and promotion of new and existing programs and courses at the university level in fire protection engineering. The Subcommittee is responsible for supporting the accreditation (e.g. ABET) of degree programs at the university level in fire protection engineering and allied professions (e.g. Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, Fire Protection Engineering Technology, Fire Protection, and Safety Technology).

PE Exam Development

Subcommittee Chair: Traci Bangor
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Katie Pothier
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

The Subcommittee for PE Exam Development is comprised of members who are licensed Professional Engineers with technical subject matter expertise in fire protection engineering and have competency in developing and determining the standard of minimum competence for licensing fire protection engineers. The Subcommittee is responsible for sustaining an engineering licensure examination within the standards (e.g. item quality and quantity, testing format, test specification refresh frequency, clean audit statement, etc.) established by the United States (U.S.) National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

Professional Ethics and Standard of Conduct

Subcommittee Chair: Ken Dungan
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

The Subcommittee for Professional Ethics and Standards of Conduct is comprised of members with an interest, experience, or expertise in developing or administering professional ethics and standards of conduct for the practice of fire protection engineering. The Subcommittee is responsible for establishing and promoting the profession’s Canons of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. The Subcommittee is also be charged with providing the Board of Directors confidential and impartial evaluations on questions of ethics as they may pertain to the Society, its members, or the practice of fire protection engineering.

Professional Competency & Credentialing

Subcommittee Chair: James Bassett
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Joseph Cappuccio
Staff Liaison: Louis Guerrazzi

The Subcommittee for Professional Competency and Credentialing is comprised of members who have knowledge, experience, and expertise in evaluating and determining the attributes of minimal competence for fire protection engineers. The Subcommittee will be responsible for evaluating minimum occupational competency standards and licensing and credentialing criteria for fire protection engineers in parts of the world that do not presently recognize and/or use the U.S. engineering licensure examination.

Public Policy

Subcommittee Chair: Brandon Wilkerson
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Leonard Ramo
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

This subcommittee helps developing efforts to improve relationships and policies impacting fire protection. Member volunteers collaborate with other organizations to improve public policies, such as with ICC and NFPA.

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.