Our vision is to facilitate common standards of knowledge in responses, bridge the gap between government and traditional non-government organizations (NGOs), and between non-traditional NGOs and community volunteer organizations in coordinating responses of various scales to national disaster and other homeland security events.
Our mission is to provide emergency management practitioners, private sector and NGO leaders, and government executives with training and/or certification to facilitate their knowledge of the current prescribed response frameworks.
To achieve these, we will:
With a diverse membership of highly qualified professionals that includes active and retired military, law enforcement and security experts, firefighters and other first responders, physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, crisis interveners, accountants, IT and telecommunication professionals, engineers and others, the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS) has at the core of its membership some of the world's leading professionals; who have significant experience with and links to homeland security.
Our total commitment to homeland security, together with an extraordinary knowledge base provided by our members, combined with an in-place organizational structure designed to deliver the highest quality training and continuing education opportunities on Homeland Security possible, places ABCHS in a pivotal position to make significant contributions to the big-picture issues our nation faces each day.
Letter From ABCHS President, John J. Sullivan
I was recently asked, “What sort of certifications are available in homeland security? Are there such things as ‘grandfathering’ provisions? With all of my experience, I am not interested in taking tests.”
I can genuinely appreciate the questioner’s interest in attaining homeland security certification, and as I formulated my response, I realized how many of our readers might have the same questions. Professional certification is a distinctive recognition of your training, education, and expertise in a particular field of practice within the broad arena known as homeland security. Additionally, I fully understand your interest in attaining certification without taking tests because often, our careers have been entirely devoted to the demanding requirements of public safety. Many homeland security practitioners have been “taking tests,” both written and practical, throughout their professional careers.