Credentials versus Competence

Credentials vs. Competence

Education and experience are important, but both must be updated throughout your fire service career

Credentials vs. Competence

Education and experience are important, but both must be updated throughout your fire service career

What’s most important: certification or competence? Throw this question out on the firehouse kitchen table, sit back and wait for the fireworks. The school of hard knocks and the ivory tower of academia represent two ends of a spectrum. But education and experience aren’t mutually exclusive; in fact, they’re synergistic. Together, each is more powerful than either is alone.

Push the question up the chain of command, and the kitchen-table fireworks become heavy artillery: Does the chief fire officer (CFO) designation or the executive fire officer (EFO) credential make for a better chief? The paper chase seems to accelerate with rank. So what gives? Do certifications and credentials matter? Obviously human resource directors place a great deal of value on the initials after a name—but do they really matter?

Kevin Milan poses these questions and provides some exceptional insights in his article; Credentials vs. Competence. For the complete article, link HERE

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