Firefighter Training, Leadership

Center for Domestic Preparedness Receives Re-accreditation

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently passed a stringent year-long reaccreditation process that allows its emergency responder students to earn continuing education credits for most of the courses they take at the CDP.

The International Association for Continuing Eduation and Training (IACET) has awarded a five-year reaccreditation status to the CDP.

The CDP’s mission is to train emergency response providers from state, local and tribal governments, as well as the Federal government, foreign governments, and private entities, as available. The scope of training includes preparedness, protection and response. CDP training for state, local, and tribal responders is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Students can earn up to four continuing eduction credits for a five-day course at the CDP. For a complete list of CDP Continuing Education Credits visit this link:

“This reaccreditation is a major achievement for the Center,” said CDP Superintendent James E. Smith. “It validates how we continually strive to provide — and achieve – the highest standards and quality of training for America’s heroes; the emergency responders and receivers.  We want to go the extra mile whenever we can to make sure our students are getting the maximum benefits from training they receive at the CDP. Whether it’s continuing education credits or meeting some of their annual certification requirements, the staff works very hard to make sure the training at the CDP is the best, most relevant training they can provide.”

In order to achieve “authorized provider” accreditation, the CDP completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the IACET Standards addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. The CDP  has pledged its continued compliance.  In addition, the CDP is now linked to the IACET web site and is recognized as offering the highest quality continuing education and training programs.

Last year, nearly 61,000 first responders were awarded continuing education credits for courses they attended at the CDP. For more information on CDP training visit

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