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NENA Celebrates 1,000 Active ENPs!

Monday, December 5, 2011  
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Last month, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) saw the certification of its 1,000th active Emergency Number Professional (ENP) in North America.

"ENPs are recognized as leaders in the 9-1-1 industry. They contribute greatly to the ongoing success of the 9-1-1 system in both the public and private sectors, are often proactive participants in public safety standards development and working groups, provide local and national leadership to the association, and act as standard-bearers for excellence in the emergency communications field," said NENA President Rick Galway, ENP.

Developed in 1994, the ENP program quickly became the most prestigious professional designation in the 9-1-1 industry. In order to be certified, applicants must first meet eligibility requirements that include a combination of experience, education, and professional development. Candidates then must pass a rigorous examination that demonstrates a mastery of the comprehensive knowledge base required for emergency number program management.

"ENP certification is highly sought after and increasingly important in our profession," said recently certified ENP Monica Million of the Grand Junction (CO) Regional Communication Center. "In my new position as manager, it signifies the level of professionalism I strive to bring to the department. I am actively encouraging the rest of my ENP-eligible staff to take the exam in the spring."

ENP certification is valid for 4 years, during which ENPs must accumulate points towards re-certification through conference and course attendance; continuing education; leadership in national and chapter activities; and community outreach and training.

ENP examinations are scheduled four times annually for a two-week period each season. The next scheduled testing period is January 14-28, 2012,with an application deadline of December 12, 2011.

Visit the ENP webpage to learn more about the program and to download application forms.

Click here for a list of our newest ENPs from the Fall 2011 class.