Certification is a tool of a professional association to establish the benchmarks of performance that will signify a broad-based competence in the professional field.
By successfully completing this certification program, you will:
- Demonstrate a mastery of the comprehensive knowledge base required for emergency number program management.
- Help to raise industry standards and increase the respect and prestige of those involved in 9-1-1.
- Confirm your commitment to the 9-1-1 profession by showing yourself to be a leader in public safety and pledging yourself to stay aware of current issues and developments in the field.
ENP exams are scheduled four times annually for a two-week period each Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. The ENP examination will be administered on a daily basis during the two-week period, Monday through Saturday, at computer-based testing facilities throughout the US and Canada. Once you select "Find a Testing Center" under the "Test Taker/Candidates" option, be sure to select the National Emergency Number Association as the Sponsor of the exam.
Please register for the exam by submitting the Eligibility Application and the Testing Center application to NENA. You may schedule your exam once you receive confirmation from the Testing Center. Please do not register for the exam until you can commit to testing during the testing period you sign up for. Transfer between testing periods is only permitted on a case-by-case basis, and must be requested before the exam period begins.
Goals of Certification
The NENA Executive Board first formed a Certification Committee in 1992 to explore the development of a certification program for individuals involved in emergency number program management. After a thorough review of the certification process, the Executive Board approved the Committee's recommendation to go forward with the establishment of an Emergency Number Professional Certification Program.
This recommendation included several goals:
- To establish the comprehensive body of knowledge for Emergency Number Professionals.
- To promote a standard of competence for Emergency Number Professionals that will be recognized and accepted by the 9-1-1 profession, government agencies, the business community, and the general public.
- To ensure an awareness of current issues and developments in the 9-1-1 profession.
- To provide formal recognition of individuals for professional achievement.
- To encourage professional growth and enhance the self-esteem of Emergency Number Professionals.
Certification will be granted to those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the examinations outlined in this handbook and who successfully pass the examination.
Are you Certifiable?
The following eligibility criteria have been established by the NENA Institute Board for determining if an individual is qualified to take the Emergency Number Professional (ENP) Certification Exam.
Experience Criteria -In order to sit for the ENP Certification Exam, a candidate must meet the following experience criteria:
A. Three years experience in Emergency Communications.
B. Three years experience with a commercial provider of Emergency Communications products and services.
Point Accumulation - Having satisfied the three-year minimum experience criterion, each candidate must accumulate a total of 10 points as follows:
- Experience - Each additional year of experience (full-time equivalent) in Emergency Communications will count for 2 points, with a maximum of 10 points being granted.
- Education - College degrees will earn points as noted below:
- Associate Degree 2 points
- Bachelor Degree 4 points
- Graduate Degree 6 points
- Professional Development and Service
- NENA in-person courses completed (Course listing) will earn 1 point each. A maximum of 4 points will be granted.
- Holding an office in NENA at the Chapter or National level will earn 1 point, with a maximum of 1 point being granted.
- Other professional certifications (e.g. CEM) will earn 1 point, with a maximum of 1 point being granted.
|Exam Period||Exam Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring 2014||April 5-19, 2014||March 10, 2014|
|Summer 2014||July 19 - August 2, 2014||June 23, 2014|
|Fall 2014||October 4-18, 2014||September 9, 2014|
|Winter 2015||January 17-31, 2015||December 15, 2014|
The application will be evaluated by the ENP Certification Board. Candidates must accumulate a minimum of 10 points to qualify to sit for the exam. A candidate whose application has been accepted may sit for the exam at any designated test location.
Eligibility Application and Testing Centers are in the document list below and you may also search for Testing Center Locations online.
The Examination cost includes a non-refundable $150 processing fee.
ENP Practice Test
Sitting for any examination is sometimes equivalent to going
to the dentist. Recognizing that, the
NENA Institute Board has collaborated with Professional Testing Corporation, who
administers the ENP Examination, to offer a 50-question practice test intended
to familiarize those about to take the ENP examination with an electronic
The practice test is weighted in much the same manner as the
full ENP Examination. At the completion
of the practice test, a score will be given, but it should not be interpreted
as an indicator of the likelihood of attaining a passing score.
The intent is to experience electronic test taking in the
same format as the ENP Examination, and to answer questions weighted similarly
to the Operations and Management portions of the ENP Examination as found in
the Body of Knowledge.
The practice test is offered as a "bundled” product along
with the ENP Reference Manual, or as a free-standing product if you are not
interested in purchasing the ENP Reference Manual. The bundled package combining the ENP
Reference Manual and the practice test is available from NENA for $100. Individually, the ENP Reference Manual is
available for $50 and the practice test for $75.
For the bundled product, please purchase online at www.nena.org/store. You will receive the ENP Reference Manual
along with a code for the practice test that can be used at any time you
choose, the advantage being that you can wait until a date near to your
examination date, and have the ENP Reference Manual well in advance of the
examination date for use with a Study Group or on your own.
For the practice test only, please go to www.nena.org/store and order the practice test
from NENA. You will be sent the code to
access the practice test. The $75
practice test fee is payable by major credit card, and you can take the
practice test within one year of purchase.
ENP certification is awarded for a period of 4 years, after which re-certification is required in order to maintain the ENP designation. During the 4-year period an ENP must accumulate points towards re-certification by being actively involved in a number of emergency communications related activities, including attendance at selected public safety conferences and approved courses, participation in NENA Committees and public safety advisory boards, presentations within the community, and leadership roles in NENA National and NENA Chapters.
Questions or More Information?
If you have any questions or need further information about the ENP Program, you may contact Bri Robinson at NENA HQ or a member of the NENA Institute Board.