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The Committee on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the National Professional Qualifications System.  The COA reviews applications for accreditation and accreditation self-study documents; conducts initial and 5-year site visit evaluations; approves or denies requests for accreditation; and, ensure compliance with the operating procedures of the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.  The Advisory Committee elects six members to the COA and the elected Advisory Committee Chair sits on both the Board of Directors and the COA. The Board of Directors appoints the remaining members.   

The COA meets at least quarterly.  Requests for extension of accreditation, delegation of authority, a COA official opinion or other issues that require a review of pertinent materials must be submitted to the COA 30 days prior to their next meeting in order to be considered at that meeting.

Committee on Accreditation Members 

Accreditation Manager: COA Chairman:
Fredrick W. Piechota Jr. [e-mail] Brian R. Brauer [e-mail2018
PO Box 205 University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
Monson, MA 01057 11 Gerty Drive
413-267-5140 Champaign, IL
Advisory Committee Chairman:
Craig Richardson [e-mail] 2018
Nanaimo Fire Rescue
200-575 Fitzwilliam Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9R-3B2
Members COA:
Rose Barg [e-mail]
Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (retired)
Toronto, Ontario 
Christina Foley [e-mail] 2019 Steve Gervais [e-mail
TEEX 405 Olympic Drive
1595 Nuclear Science Rd. - Bldg 106  Lafayette, LA  70506
College Station, TX 77845 337-983-5528
Ronald Hassan [e-mail] 2019 Charlene Jordan-Jones [e-mail] 2018

Technology and Certification Section

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute 715 McBride Blvd
4500 Paint Branch Parkway New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
College Park, MD 20472 604.528.5669
Kevin J. O'Connell [e-mail]  Vilma Perez-Atwood [e-mail]
Louisville Fire Department (retired) International Association of Fire Fighters
Louisville, KY 40203 1750 New York Ave. NW
812.704.5389 Washington, DC 20006
(202) 824-1536
Chris Senaratne [e-mail]   Autumn Saylor [e-mail] 2019
Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre International Code Council - Eastern Regional Office
5704 College Drive 900 Montclair Road

Vermilion, Alberta, Canada T9X 1K4

Birmingham, AL 35213
780 581 2029 888.422.7233  Ext. 5223
John P Smith III [e-mail
US DOD Certification Manager
139 Barnes Av., Suite 1
Tyndall AFB, FL 32403
850 283 6221
Wendell Stewart [e-mail] Gary Thorstenson [e-mail]
Louisville Fire Department (retired)

Regional Training Manager -IAAI

Louisville, KY 2111 Baldwin Ave, Suite 203
Crofton, MD 21114


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