Safety Alliance

Certified Emergency Disaster Professional (CEDP)


Rescheduled for January 2020 - Miami, FL


The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM) established the CEDP credential in September 2014 to meet the needs for a practical but “professional credential” for those working in public, private, and governmental positions related to emergency/disaster management. Candidates without a four-year degree can qualify by documenting relevant experience, training, and achievement. Personnel serving in any of the following related functions may qualify to sit for the CEDP Exam: (1) emergency/disaster managers or coordinators, (2) public health department personnel including infection prevention professionals, (3) federal, state, and local governmental personnel performing emergency related responsibilities, (4) hazardous material managers, (5) first responders including fire and law enforcement professionals, (6) emergency medical technicians, (7) emergency, safety, and management consultants, (8) occupational safety and health managers, (9) hazard control professionals, (10) private security officers, (11) emergency volunteers, and (12) any others who work in functions related to emergency and disaster management.

Course Objectives

Domain 1 - Emergency Management (38%)

This domain requires exam candidates to demonstrate competency by using recall and recognition, comprehension, and application of knowledge to correctly answer items related to emergency and disaster management. Exam items appear throughout the examination. Exam items are distributed throughout the examination in Domains 1A and 1B. Knowledge and job practice skills include the following requirements:

  1. Design, implement, and maintain comprehensive management systems by defining emergency preparedness requirements including the development of policies, procedures, and plans needed to protect patients, staff, visitors, and property.
  2. Implement policies, procedures, and directives in systematic manner to support requirement to provide medical care as needed during declared emergencies or disaster events.
  3. Determine the effectiveness of emergency related function and relevant systems using collaboration and communication, and coordination continuous medical operations.
  4. Apply sound management and leadership concepts practices to efficiently use resources to improve all emergency and disaster preparedness functions.
  5. Use appropriate methods that will ensure stake-holders understand their roles in formulation, coordination, and implementation of emergency preparedness actions.
  6. Present and coordinate effectively to response organizations, government agencies, incident command structures, management, contractors, vendors, and the public about emergency management requirements.
  7. Sample domain topics listed:
    • Disaster response
    • Emergency management
    • Emergency planning
    • Emergency planning techniques
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Federal agency responsibilities
    • Hazard analysis
    • Healthcare emergency management requirements
    • Leadership and decision making
    • Leadership and management
    • Medical services
    • Medical services and systems
    • Medical support
    • Medical treatment planning
    • National preparedness
    • Organizational communication
    • Preparedness risks
    • Resource acquisition
    • Response sector collaboration
    • Supply chains and resources
    • Sustaining response operations
    • System methods and processes
    • Emergency planning & coordination
    • Planning coordination
    • Agency coordination/collaboration
    • Authority and responsibility
    • Coalitions
    • Communications
    • Coordinating response actions
    • Disaster recovery
    • Disaster response actions
    • Drills and exercises
    • Emergency coordination
    • Emergency management models
    • Emergency planning effectiveness
    • Emergency supplies
    • Exercises and drills
    • FEMA defined terms
    • Governmental agency coordination
    • Healthcare emergency management standards
    • Human resource management
    • Identifying hazards
    • Incident command systems
    • Information and data management
    • Lessons learned
    • Mitigation analysis
    • Mitigation and recovery
    • Natural risks and hazards
    • Operational planning
    • Organizational structures

Domain 2 - Disaster Preparedness (35%)

This domain requires exam candidates to demonstrate competency by using recall and recognition, comprehension, and application of knowledge to correctly answer items related to disaster preparedness. Exam items are distributed throughout the examination in Domains 2A and 2B. Knowledge and job practice skills include the following requirements:

  1. Evaluate facilities, products, systems, equipment, and processes by applying qualitative techniques to ensure proper planning, protection, response, mitigation, and recovery during emergencies. Recommend actions to minimize hazards and reduce risks posed during emergencies or disasters.
  2. Evaluate and coordinate response actions with appropriate agencies, institutions, coalitions, and others to ensure the feasibility, effectiveness, and reliability of healthcare operations to support all types of incidents.
  3. Implement strategies by using the results of hazard identification actions, risk analyses, planning, and coordination to reduce the impact of disasters on healthcare operations to provide care.
  4. Obtain compliance certifications, listings, approvals or authorizations by identifying applicable regulations, and standards to ensure facility and community emergency preparedness effectiveness.
  5. Communicate emergency and disaster related hazards, risks, and control measures to employees, management, vendors, and the public.
  6. Sample domain topics are listed:
    • Command and control
    • Coordination among agencies
    • Disaster command and control
    • Disaster readiness
    • Disaster response actions
    • Disaster response planning
    • Emergency response support
    • Emergency support function responsibilities
    • Federal agency capabilities
    • Federal agency responsibilities
    • Federal response structure and commands
    • Federal response structures
    • FEMA core capabilities
    • FEMA defined sector capabilities
    • Information technology
    • Infrastructure security and resilience
    • Management and authority models
    • Mass care issues
    • National incident planning
    • National preparedness
    • National preparedness and response
    • Natural disaster risks
    • Protecting infrastructures
    • Resource delivery effectiveness
    • Sector drills and exercises
    • Organizational response to emergency incidents
    • Standards compliance
    • Supply and resource priorities
    • Transportation disasters
    • Cyber security
    • Cyber threats
    • Disaster crime prevention
    • Hazardous agents
    • Information collection and sharing
    • Incident lessons learned
    • Disaster response learned
    • Mass care and medical services
    • Mitigation activities
    • Mitigation and threat assessment
    • Natural disasters and weather risk
    • Natural hazards
    • Nuclear hazards and risks
    • Organizational priorities
    • Public safety
    • Resilience
    • Threat assessment
    • Risks from hazardous agents
    • Terror weapons
    • Terror threats

Domain 3—Safety and Environmental (27%)

This domain requires exam candidates to demonstrate competency by using recall and recognition, comprehension, and application of knowledge to correctly answer items related to the ethical and professional practice of a healthcare emergency professional. Exam items are distributed throughout the examination in Domains 3A and 3B. Knowledge and job practice skills include the following:

  1. Develop effective emergency related education and training by establishing objectives to impart knowledge and facilitate understanding of compliance and voluntary standards.
  2. Evaluate compliance through performance assessments and various forms of feedback in to ensure assure the effectiveness of emergency training, education, exercises, and drills.
  3. Maintain a recordkeeping and data capture systems by to acquire, analyze, and distribute accurate data and to meet emergency management and safety compliance requirements.
  4. Hold paramount the protection of people, property, and environment by working with management and government agencies to improve all phases of disaster preparedness and emergency management.
  5. Adhere to standards of professional conduct by limiting emergency professional practice to areas of competence and avoid all conflicts of interest.
  6. Improve competency through certification, continuing education, and maintaining proficiency in the use of relevant systems and technologies.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of codes and standards: Code of Federal Regulations (Titles 10, 21, 29, 40, 42, 44, 49); Federal Agencies (CDC, DHS, DHHS, DHS, DOT, EPA, FDA, FEMA, NRC, & OSHA); Voluntary Organizations (ANSI, ASTM, ASHRAE, ASME, CGA, FGI, NFPA, NIOSH, UL)
  8. Sample domains topics are listed:
    • Chemical safety
    • Disaster related safety and risks
    • Disaster related hazards
    • Emergency action plans
    • Environmental hazards
    • Federal agency emergency requirements
    • Federal standards and guidelines
    • Hazard identification and analysis
    • Hazardous materials and substances
    • Hazardous materials response
    • Hazardous materials safety
    • Human safety risks
    • Information access and security
    • Occupational hazard exposures
    • Personnel protective clothing
    • Personnel protective equipment
    • Physical security
    • Post disaster safety hazards
    • Radiation and nuclear safety
    • Standards, codes, and regulations
    • Emergency related legislation
    • Emergency utilities
    • Food and water safety
    • Hazardous material incidents
    • Resource management
    • Managing emergency utilities
    • Managing hazardous substances
    • Pandemic, medical surge, and evacuation
    • Post disaster safety hazards
    • Respiratory hazards
    • Risk management
    • Structural safety hazards
    • Technological and man-made hazards
    • Web resources


Studying the resources listed does not guarantee that a candidate will pass the examination. Candidates must personally decide how they can best prepare for the examination. IBFCSM does not require any candidate to purchase study materials, resources, or attend any review session to qualify for certification.

Healthcare Hazard Control and Safety Management, 3rd Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2014, J.T. Tweedy, ISBN: 978-1-4822-0655-5,

CEDP Self Directed Study Guide, TLCS, 2017, Available in PDF and Print Format,

Introduction to Hazard Control Management, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2014, J.T. Tweedy, IBSN: 978-1-4665-5158-9,


  • CDC
  • FDA
  • EPA
  • CMS
  • NRC
  • AHRQ
  • DHHS
  • DHS
  • FEMA


Additional Information

Course Length: 12 hrs ( 1-1/2 days)

Course Required By: Company specific

Written Exam: The exam addresses emergency planning, management, response, and mitigation concepts. It also addresses emergency related standards and/or best practices from reliable sources including organizations such as: FEMA, DHS, DHHS, NFPA, ASTM, ANSI, NRC, CDC, EPA, and OSHA. The exam also addresses the current FEMA planning objectives.

Cost: $945 (Deposit of $550 is due immediately upon registration) Once registration is received, an email will be sent to participants containing the study material for this course. In addition, the email will contain a link to complete your application with the IBFCSM and payment for the balance of $395. Light breakfast served both days and lunch the first day.

Deadline to Register: December 31, 2019


Certified Emergency Disaster Professional (CEDP)