Registered practitioners are recognised as proficient in their role. They have met training and experiential standards endorsed by the EMPS Panel. Registered practitioners can work competently without the requirement for mentoring or supervision beyond the usual incident chain of command.
Registration is not a guarantee that the individual will be able to work in a context outside their home agency without having received induction and briefing about what may be unfamiliar emergency management arrangements and legislation. Their registration does, however, provide evidence that they have been able to acquire and use this knowledge to a proficient standard in their home jurisdiction and so may be expected to be able to translate these abilities to other working environments when required.
Apart from a small number of specialist technical roles, EMPS does not register people in hazard-specific classes: for example, an incident controller will be registered as such without any differentiation as to what hazard/s they are competent to manage. This is because EMPS aims to describe people’s professional ability to manage emergencies in the context for which they have been trained – it is the role of agencies and jurisdictional emergency management arrangements to ensure that the right people are assigned to the right tasks at an incident.
The Registration Process
To become registered, you need to demonstrate that you are in compliance with the relevant professional standard for the role you are interested in. Usually, this requires you to have been assessed as competent in the Public Safety Training Package unit of competency for the role (or mapped equivalent training course) and to have at least two years’ experience during which you have performed the role successfully at least three times.
You must have the support of your agency to apply. Registered practitioners are asked to undertake continuing professional development activities and to observe the EMPS Code of Ethics.
The pathway to registration is shown below: