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Minimum Fire Protection Engineer Core Competencies

Final Draft for Recommended Minimum Technical Competencies for the Practice of Fire Protection Engineering

This document, Recommended Minimum Technical Competencies for the Practice of Fire Protection Engineering, represents the final draft to be presented to the SFPE Board of Directors at their next meeting, and was developed by the SFPE Standing Committee for Professional Qualification's Subcommittee on Professional Competency and Credentialing. The public review period this past spring produced many worthy comments which the committee spent most of the summer reviewing and incorporating in order to create this document.

The current draft and comments with their responses can be found here. All communications for this document can be sent to Victoria Valentine, SFPE Director of Professional Qualifications and Industry Alliances.

The process for revision and adoption of this document is as follows:

Documents produced by SFPE that have impact on fire protection engineering on a broad scale follow a similar review process to the SFPE standards. Once they are drafted, they are circulated for public comment. Those comments are then reviewed and modifications to the document are made where deemed appropriate by the committee in charge of the project. The updated draft document is circulated for awareness of modifications. Comment responses are also circulated so that actions are transparent.

Persons who have been or may be affected by any Committee/Task Group action or inaction shall have the right to appeal such action or inaction. The appellant shall file a written complaint with the staff liaison for the committee within 15 calendar days after the date of notification of any action, or at any time with respect to inaction. The complaint shall state the nature of the objection, the procedures or the sections of the document/recommendations that are at issue, the action or inaction at issue, and the specific remedial action(s) that would satisfy the appellant’s concerns. Previous efforts to resolve the objections and the outcome of each shall be noted. [Adopted from SFPE Technical Document Development Procedures 20.1]

Complaints received during the appeals process will be responded to within 30 days. These responses are crafted by staff along with the Chair of the committee. In situations where a response is not clear, the (sub)committee will be consulted for an appropriate response. All efforts will be made to resolve the complaint informally.

If resolution of a complaint cannot be reach, it will be sent to an Appeals Panel. The Appeals Panel is comprised of the Chairs of the 5 SFPE Standing Committees. This represents a well-versed body in the SFPE mission and goals, along with a breadth of fire protection engineering industry background and understanding that can be applied to the subject matter of the document in question. Appeals panel members should not have been part of the committee that handled the comments and their resolution. Panel members should have a solid awareness of SFPE workings, current activities, and the fire protection industry as a whole. In addition, panel members should not be selected if there is a conflict of interest with the complaint being heard, such as personal connection to the complainant or direct involvement with the case at hand.

The appeals panel shall render its decision in writing within 30 calendar days, stating findings of fact and conclusions, with reasons thereof, based on a preponderance of the evidence. The staff liaison shall notify the appellant and the Committee/Task Group in a written copy of the decision of the appeals panel, which shall be binding and final on all concerned. [Adopted from SFPE Technical Document Development Procedures 20.5]

A sincere thank you goes to the Subcommittee on Professional Competency and Credentialing, which was chaired by Jimmy Jönsson. In addition, much gratitude is expressed to all of those who took the time to submit comments and help to produce the final product.

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