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Committee on Accreditation 


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, re-Accreditation, and extension requests; conducts initial accreditation and re-accreditation site visit evaluations; collectively approves or denies requests for accreditation or changes to accredited processes; renders opinions to ensure that there is consistency across the Pro Board system; and, ensures compliance with the operating procedures of the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.  


The Advisory Committee elects seven members and one alternate to the COA and the Board of Directors appoints the remaining members.  Members representing the Advisory Committee are elected in alternating years for three-year terms and they may be elected to successive terms.  Members serving at the pleasure of the Board of Directors are appointed annually.  The Chair of the Advisory Committee, a member of the Board of Directors, shall also serve on the COA in an ex-officio advisory capacity. The newly elected Chair could also stand for election as a full member of the COA.


The COA meets in-person at least every four months and meets via teleconference phone as needed but no less than once in between the in-person meetings.  


Application packages for accreditation and reaccreditation, request for extension of accreditation, changes to accredited processes or delegation of authority, COA official opinions or other issues that require a review of pertinent materials must be assessed by the Pro Board Technical Analyst and submitted to the COA no fewer than 30 days prior to their next meeting in order to be considered at that meeting.


Committee on Accreditation Members 

- Document Review Teams at bottom of page -  

Accreditation Manager: COA Chair:
Fredrick W. Piechota Jr. [e-mail] Brian R. Brauer [e-mail
PO Box 205 University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
Monson, MA 01057 11 Gerty Drive
413-267-5140 Champaign, IL
Advisory Committee Chair: Ex Officio / Non- Voting 
Craig Richardson [e-mail] 2022

Justice Institute of British Columbia, Fire & Safety Div.

715 McBride Blvd.
New Westminster, BC, CA V3L 5T4
Members COA:
Rose Barg [e-mail] John Culbertson [e-mail] 2022
Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (retired) Montana State University Fire Service Training
Toronto, Ontario  750 6th Street SW, Suite 205
416.918.8676 Great Falls, MT 59405
Christina Foley [e-mail] 2022 Steve Gervais [e-mail
TEEX 405 Olympic Drive
1595 Nuclear Science Rd. - Bldg 106  Lafayette, LA  70506
College Station, TX 77845 337-983-5528
Martinez Jacobs, Airports Fire Chief [e-mail]   Tracey L. Johnson [e-mail] 2022

Daniel K. Inouye Int Airport

University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
400 Rogers Blvd - Suite 700 11 Gerty Drive
Honolulu, HI 96819-1800 Champaign, IL
808-838-8702 217.265.6451
Michael Lee [e-mail] 2021 Johnny Mason [e-mail] 2022

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control

Great Oaks Career Campuses
1200 Washington Avenue 200 Scarlet Oaks Dr.
Albany NY 12226

Cincinnati, OH 45241

571-474-6746 513.612.5834
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
Larry Preston [e-mail]   Robert Rand [e-mail]  2020
Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (retired) Massachusetts Firefighting Academy
College Park, MD State Road

Stowe, MA 01775

Chris Senaratne [e-mail]  
Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre
5704 College Drive

Vermilion, Alberta, Canada T9X 1K4

780 581 2029
Daniel Smith [e-mail Danielle Stebner [e-mail] 2022
3911 Nottingham Loop Bucks County Community College
The Villages, FL 32163 1760 S. Easton Rd.
352.350.7556 Doylestown, PA18901
Gary Thorstenson [e-mail]

Regional Training Manager -IAAI

2111 Baldwin Ave, Suite 203
Crofton, MD 21114

Document Review Teams


Team A

Team B

Team C

Gervais Culbertson


Mason Lee









Smith Rand


Instructional Video on COA Document Review Using the Web Interface




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