NFPAs preliminary application accepted for ANSI CAP accreditation

Published on December 8, 2010
December 8, 2010The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced today a critical step toward accreditation of its “Emergency Management/Business Continuity Professional Auditor Training Program” – jointly developed and sponsored by DRI International. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has accepted the organizations’ preliminary application to recognize the training program as one of its Certificate Accreditation Programs (CAP). ANSI’s CAP accredits a wide range of organizations that issue education and training certificates to the U.S. workforce.

Offered since November 2009, NFPA and DRI International’s training program provides instruction on how to review preparedness plans, as required in NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs and DRI International’s Professional Practices for Business Continuity. Successful completion of the five-day program and its accompanying exam is a prerequisite for DRI International’s two auditing certifications: Certified Business Continuity Auditor (CBCA) and Certified Business Continuity Lead Auditor (CBCLA).

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Voluntary Private Sector Accreditation and Certification Preparedness Program (PS Prep) - a voluntary accreditation and certification program that promotes private sector preparedness - requires that trained auditors working for certification bodies be accredited by ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board).

Receiving ANSI’s CAP status will make this training program compliant with ANAB Accreditation Rule 37 and ASTM E2659-09 for training those auditors. ANAB is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that assesses and accredits certification bodies (CBs) who can effectively audit organizations that conform to management systems standards. They are the federal accrediting body for the PS Prep program.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

About the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI)
Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International sets the standard for professionalism in business continuity planning and has provided the profession’s premier certification and education programs since 1988. There are over 8000 active business continuity professionals from various industries and business sectors maintaining DRI International certifications worldwide. These certifications ensure employers that candidates understand the tenets of business continuity and maintain their level of knowledge through continuing education. DRI International offers education in BCM at major industry events and through the corporate training program. Disaster Recovery Institute International is a nonprofit organization. Visit DRI Interntional’s website.

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