Project Description

The Certified Public Information Officer certification requires that the candidate has mastery level knowledge, skills, and abilities required by public safety PIOs along with the value of their work with the news media and the general public. The Candidate must have fundamental writing skills, journalistic writing, press release writing, organizing a PIO office, handling a crisis and First Amendment legal aspects.

This certification assessment is approved by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs State Approving Agency 

Certification Prerequisites

This certification is for personnel who work in communications, media, or the release of information to the public or media.

  • 2 or more years of media communications or service in a criminal justice, security, or similar capacity
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent

A waiver of the above requirements can be granted with a letter outlining the circumstance for your request. The letter shall be from a first-line supervisor or higher.

NOTE: IFPO does not require individuals to complete any course in order to sit for the certification exam.  Any individual who feels he or she has the experience or knowledge and meets the prerequisites may challenge the exam. After applying to take the final assessment, you will be asked to provide proof that you meet the prerequisites for the challenge.

Candidates who successfully pass the certification assessment will hold a valid credential for two years from the date of issue.

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Job Task Analysis (JTA)

A Job Task Analysis is a systematic definition of the components of work and essential knowledge, skill, and other abilities at the level required for competent performance in a profession, occupation, or role. Job Task Analysis is a process by which to discover, understand, and describe the work that people in a profession, occupation, or role do.  A Job Task Analysis identifies and describes in detail particular duties and requirements as well as the relative importance of these duties.  JTA refers to a general family of methods that includes role delineation, function analysis, practice analysis, and task analysis, along with variations that depend on the purpose of the study and nature of the work to be investigated.  Subject matter experts were used for development of the JTA.  A Subject Matter Expert is a person with documented expertise in a profession, occupation, or role whose input into the development and validation of assessment instruments helps to ensure validity.

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The ISP blueprint addresses all the critical characteristics needed to construct and administer the examination which allows candidates to show knowledge and cognitive skills required to perform the tasks typically required of an entry-level professional.  An ISP blueprint is used to produce high-quality forms of the examination that are equivalent across time.  Blueprint are designed and evaluated by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

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