Differences in competence may be significant between Homeland Security (HS) professionals who hold four-year degrees in related fields and those with no college degree. We do not have in
place a mandatory accreditation program—or a process of any kind—to provide qualification approval for candidates in the field of protecting our homeland.
The Emergency Management Accreditation Program is standard-based and voluntary, developed for state and local-government programs responsible for coordinating prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities for natural and human-caused disasters. Assessment and accreditation are based on compliance with collaboratively developed national standards from existing practitioners.
If we had a national certification board, this would provide improvements and acceptable, universal standards. It would establish baseline qualifications for civilians and military who work in the HS occupational field.