What is the difference between credentialing and accreditation?

Credentialing applies to individuals. It is the process of measuring a single person’s skills against national industry standards. To earn 99% of NIMS credentials, an individual completes competency-based performance and theory assessments.

Key competencies include:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Abilities

Accreditation applies to a training program. It is the process of measuring a training program’s key components against national industry standards.

Key components include:

  • Program purpose
  • Facilities
  • Equipment
  • Program features
  • Instructional staff / trainers
  • Administration / management