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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: Advisory Committee 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
COA Chairman:
Kevin J. O'Connell [e-mail] 
Louisville Fire Department (retired)
Louisville, KY 40203
Members COA:
Rose Barg [e-mail] Wendell Stewart [e-mail]
Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (retired) Louisville Fire Department (retired)
Toronto, Ontario  Louisville, KY
Laura Corn [e-mail]   Doug Goodings [e-mail] 2017
Franklin, Texas Representing Office of Ontario Fire Marshal
979.828.9015 Currently at: 
Missouri Division of Fire Safety
Training and Certification Unit
Charlene Jordan-Jones [e-mail] 2018 Roger Krupp [e-mail

Justice Institute of British Columbia

International Association of Arson Investigators
715 McBride Blvd 17 Tuttle
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4 Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
604.528.5669 630.330.7011
John McPhee [e-mail] 2016 Vilma Perez-Atwood [e-mail]
Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau International Association of Fire Fighters
3100 Fire Service Rd. 1750 New York Ave. NW
Ames, IA 50011 Washington, DC 20006
888.469.2374 (202) 824-1536
Lawrence L. Preston [e-mail] 2016 Craig Richardson [e-mail] 2018
Maryland Fire Rescue Institute Nanaimo Fire Rescue
4500 Paint Branch Pky. 200-575 Fitzwilliam Street
College Park, MD 20742 Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9R-3B2
301.226.9924 250-755-4557
Chris Senaratne [e-mail]   W. G. Shelton Jr. [e-mail
Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre Virginia Department of Fire Programs (retired)
5704 College Drive Fredericksburg, VA

Vermilion, Alberta, Canada T9X 1K4

780 581 2029


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