Standardization of training is one step in the maturation of a nascent field. Training has been provided in CISM, and numerous derivations, by various organizations throughout the world.
Another step toward the maturation of a nascent field is the development of some form of verification of relevant knowledge acquisition. The term “certification” refers to the confirmation and attestation of certain characteristics, attributes, or knowledge possessed by an individual based upon some form of external review or analysis. The UMBC Certification in CISM represents an external review of knowledge of CISM. It is fitting that such certification arises from the very institution that in part gave rise to the CISM formulation.
The UMBC Certification in CISM is more than confirmation of mere attendance at a training class. The UMBC Certification in CISM a confirmation that an individual has demonstrated a basic understanding of the nature and principles of CISM, as defined herein. The certification is a confirmation of knowledge, not practical nor applied ability. It is not a certification of clinical or applied competency.
The UMBC Certification in CISM as defined herein is not only a recognition of current knowledge, but is an effort to promote an industry standard through the retrieval, acquisition, and proliferation of a fundamental corpus of knowledge pertaining to CISM.
The UMBC CISM Certification Examination consists of 150 true –false and multiple choice question randomly selected for each individual administration from a large test item pool. The Examination utilizes an “open book” format modelled in various degrees after online examinations offered by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Given that a secondary goal of the certification process is the retrieval, acquisition, and transposition of relevant knowledge, as opposed to memorization, the “open book” format is deemed acceptable.