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Emergency Media and Public Affairs Ltd (EMPA) has recognised both the limited options for professional development and the often haphazard approach to research and development of new methodologies and techniques; all this in a field where lives can be saved through sound professional practice.

EMPA is committed to building the profession of emergency public information officer: its identity, its expectations of itself and the clarity of its core position within the response and recovery process.

This accreditation process aims to develop the professional capabilities of participants and to recognise and acknowledge their commitment and achievements.

Australasia’s focus on improving our methods and approaches to emergency communications has long attracted international recognition. As the only industry body in this field in the world, EMPA enjoys significant support from all the emergency agencies in Australasia and the framework of this accreditation process has been enthusiastically received internationally.

Accreditation will provide recognition of those committed to a career in emergency public information, of those who understand the core role of communication in emergency management.

It will develop the knowledge and theoretical awareness of participants to inform their practice. It will provide an industry standard and benchmark to achieve a highly capable, versatile and informed workforce.

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Professional Recognition

Accreditation will provide recognition of those committed to a career in emergency public information, of those who understand the core role of communication in emergency management.

Professional Development

This accreditation aims to develop participant's professional capabilities & recognise and acknowledge their commitment and achievements. It will develop their knowledge and theoretical awareness to inform their practice.

Benchmarking

Accreditation will provide an industry standard and benchmark to achieve a highly capable, versatile and informed emergency communications workforce.
 

Program Structure

Biography - the story of how you have reached where you are.

References - from your current and past supervisors.

Participation in a major exercise or operation - description of your role and endorsement of your performance by your supervisor.

Three written papers - submissions must demonstrate practical knowledge, analytical strength and theoretical underpinning of opinion.

  • Topic 1 - local knowledge - a discussion of your agency’s strengths and weaknesses and changes you would make to improve its methods and results.
  • Topic 2 - broader industry knowledge - an analysis of your organisation’s operating methods and environment compared to another region/organisation.
  • Topic 3 - analysis of your experiences in a major exercise / operation.

Exam - candidates must pass a 1hr examination, assessing wide industry knowledge and an understanding of current research and readings.

Panel - a panel of three industry experts, appointed as EMPA Fellows, will meet with the candidate to verify and clarify the submissions.


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Fees and Conditions

The application fee is A$300.

The application fee is non-refundable.

Any module failed will incur a A$50 re-application fee.

An additional administrative fee of A$50 will be payable if the program is not completed within 12 months.

Annual Review - annual self assessments will be required with random audits conducted to verify their accuracy.

  • Professional development training conducted.
  • Awareness of current related research on emergency communications to inform practice and deepen understanding of the profession as a whole.
  • Workplace training such as First Aid maintained.

Re-Accreditation will be required every three years. Three successful cycles with evidence of professional growth, development of broader perspectives and team leadership will likely result in appointment as an EMPA Fellow.

Upon successful Accreditation, the post nominal AEPIO may be used.