Qualification standards are essential to Colorado‚Äôs emergency management community to ensure that individuals or members of an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) follow unified attributes and conformed standards. These standards allow any community to plan for, requestand utilize these resources with high confidence in their technical and professional abilities. Qualification standards ensure unity of effort for response personnel to be matched by a community‚Äôs request and bolsters effective resource management of deployed responders.
Implementation of Colorado AHIMT position qualification standards ensures that both the requesting community and providing entity in Colorado or from another state receive qualified incident management personnel (skills, experience, and technical abilities) using the equivalent certification criteria. The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is committed to improving emergency management and response capabilities for members of any AHIMT throughout Colorado.
Colorado All-Hazards Incident Management Team Position Task Book Qualification Program
The State of Colorado adopted the original Interstate Incident Management Team Qualifications System Guide (IIMTQS) in July of 2015. In October of 2018, the prior IIMTQS was renamed to the Interstate Incident Management Qualifications System Guide (IIMQS). The IIMQS provides a framework of best practices to develop, assess, apply and sustain and qualification program for All-Hazards incident management personnel. It promotes a common understanding of the fundamental standards to be used by the certification body for individuals to develop and certify toward the National Incident System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) credentialing structure. The State implemented All-Hazards Position Specific Task Books (PTBs) will train and develop a cadre of emergency responders in ICS positions throughout the state
The following AHIMT PTBs are recognized in Colorado
Position Task Book Forms and Guides
- Interstate Incident Management Team Qualifications System (IIMTQS) Guide
- State of Colorado Appendices to 2018 IIMQS
- Incident Management Team Administrative Plan
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"AHIMT Position Specific Task Book Process"]
- Prerequisite Training and Certification
- Consult with the sponsoring IMT, training coordinator, home agency or employer about which position task book (PTB) to pursue.
- Review and read the entire PTB completely. Obtain the required prerequisite training and qualifications.
- Position Task Book Initiated
- Once a PTB has been initiated the individual will be responsible to start training on qualifying incidents and events.
- Individuals are responsible to keep their original PTB and ensure completion.
- First Task Completion
- Once the individual has their first task endorsed by one of the qualified evaluators, listed in the PTB and Qualification Guide, they have three-years to complete their PTB.
- Position Task Book Completion
- Once the PTB has been fully completed within the three-year timeframe, the individual will need to ensure it is accurate, reviewed, and supported for submission by their IMT coordinator or home agency for submission.
- Colorado All-Hazards Position Task Book Review Group
- After concurrence of completion, the IMT coordinator or home agency will recommend the candidate‚Äôs PTB submission for review by the Colorado All-Hazards Position Task Book Review Group (PTB Work Group).
- The PTB Work Group will review the entire submission for accuracy, apply the accepted standards and evaluate.
- Qualification Approval
- Once a qualification has been recommended by the PTB Work Group, the State of Colorado will issue a final written approval and certification document confirming that they have met the qualification standards.
"Qualification Program Management"]
The State of Colorado Qualification Process relies on an expert review group to review and certify individuals.
Colorado Division of Homeland Security andEmergency Management, Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
The primary role of the Colorado OEM is to administer and manage the PTB qualification program. They receive, verifyand transmit candidate PTB submission for official review. Colorado OEM also maintains the database of qualified individuals and issues the final certification.
Colorado All-Hazards State Task Book Work Group
State Task Book Work Group (PTB Work Group) has the primary role to process candidate PTB submissions. The PTB Work Group is a peer review body consisting of representatives from Type 3 All-Hazards IMTs, as well as local and state discipline stakeholders. They review all candidate PTB submissions by applying the current All-Hazards Incident Management Qualification Guide and Colorado Standards. After review, the PTB Work Group provides a final recommendation to the Colorado OEM for certification.
The PTB Work Group meets mid-month, in the second month of each quarter (February, May, August, November). Meetings are subject to cancelation when there is no Task Book submission review to perform. Full applicant Task Book packets are required to be submitted electronically by the first of the given month (February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1) and will be distributed to the workgroup for review prior to that scheduled meeting.
"Task Book Submission and Work Group Schedule"]
|Calendar Quarters||Task Book Submission Due||Work Group Meeting Date|
|January 1 - March 1||February 1||Mid-February|
|April 1 - June 30||May 1||Mid-May|
|July 1 - September 30||August 1||Mid-August|
|October 1 - December 31||November 1||Mid-November|