CECBEMS Changing Its Brand to CAPCE

On June 21, 2016, Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (“CECBEMS”) sent a press release forward which details a change that has been in the works for some time now. The board voted for rebranding and is to be referred to as the Commission of Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (“CAPCE”) effective July 1, 2016.

We had been considering a change for many years and felt that the name and logo change were important to better illustrate our purpose and our mission.”

-Dr. March, MD FACEP, Chairman of the Board

The notable change to the CAPCE logo brings the change to life. The Torch of Knowledge combined with the Star of Life more exuberantly demonstrates the commission’s overall mission.

The move comes in order to align CAPCE with other organizations with the mindset of accrediting education programs offering education to prehospital providers. The accreditation drive has seen Paramedic programs across the country held to a higher standard through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (“COAEMSP”). These accrediting commissions seek to increase the quality of education given by providers.

It is generally hoped that this push will eventually help EMS providers to be more autonomous as an allied health profession and to give them a higher degree of credibility amongst healthcare workers across the industry. Additionally, it is likely that these bodies will increase skills sets, enabling EMTs, AEMTs and Paramedics to work beyond their current scope.

You can learn more about CAPCE by visiting But keep on the lookout for updates to the website and name as changes will be coming soon.

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Ruben Major
Editor in Chief at EMS Wire
Ruben began his career in Emergency Medical Services in 2000. He holds a Master's Degree in Military History and has experience as a Paramedic and EMS Supervisor in the field. He has taught CPR and First Aid Programs for several years. Ruben spent 2 years as Program Director for an EMS/Paramedic Program in the valley prior to working as Program Director for EMS University in Phoenix, Arizona. Ruben has published several articles on public safety and Emergency Medical Services in several prominent magazines and is responsible for creating the nation's first Native American APCO EMD Program. Ruben is currently seeking a Juris Doctor from Concord Law School. He has served
as CEO of EMS University since 2003 and is Editor in Chief at EMS Wire. Ruben enjoys astronomy, bicycling, hiking, other outdoor activities, and spending time with his family.

EMT-B, Mesa Community College (2000)
EMT-Paramedic, E-Med., Inc. (2002)
A.A., General Studies - Scottsdale Community College (2003)
B.A., History - Arizona State University (2003)
M.A., Military History - Norwich University (2008)
J.D., Candidate - Concord Law School (Class of 2016)

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