Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education


Welcome to the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) web site. CAPCE is an accrediting body charged with the review and accreditation of EMS continuing education (CE). We are not a provider of EMS CE. However, you can use this site to find CAPCE accredited educational providers and CAPCE accredited courses including on-line courses, live courses and Virtual Instructor lead Training (F5) refresher classes.

If you are an individual or company that provides EMS continuing education programs, you can use this site to complete and submit your application for CAPCE accreditation. Information about CAPCE and its accreditation standards can be found in the CAPCE Accreditation Manual. Most of your accreditation questions can be answered by reading the CAPCE Accreditation Manual. Please feel free to contact us in the office at any time if you have additional questions.


CAPCE Elects New Officers

At the annual meeting of the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education Board of Directors (CAPCE), held February 28, 2018 in Dallas, Texas, new officers were elected. Please join us in congratulating our new officers:

Andy Gienapp: Chair
Andy Gienapp is the current EMS Manager for the Wyoming Office of Emergency Medical Services. A paramedic with over 28 years of emergency medical services experience, Andy has functioned in a variety of clinical and out-of-hospital settings. As the Wyoming EMS Manager, Andy is an active member of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), serving as the Western Plains Region Representative, the Chair of the Rural and Frontier EMS Committee, and as the Chairperson of CAPCE. In addition, he serves on the Senior Advisory Committee for the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Serve Wyoming Commission. He is a 27-year veteran of the US Army Medical Department and has served in numerous assignments, to include two tours of duty in the Iraqi theatre. Andy holds a Master of Science in Emergency Health Services from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. Andy is also on the Expert Panel for the EMS 2050 project.

Susan Bailey: Vice Chair
Susan Bailey, BA, NRP, NCEE, is the Director of the Louisiana Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. She has been in EMS for over 25 years and has worked for hospital-based, private and municipal EMS agencies in rural and urban Louisiana.

Susan represents the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs on the NAEMT Affiliate Advisory Council, serves on NAEMT’s Advocacy Committee, and is the NAEMT representative on the CAPCE Board of Directors. She is an NAEMT Affiliate Faculty for multiple disciplines and teaches numerous NAEMT and American Heart Association (AHA) courses, including PHTLS, AMLS, PEPL, EMS Safety, GEMS, CPR, ACLS and PALS. She has provided leadership and patient advocacy presentations at conferences in the south-central region. Susan was the 2014 recipient of the NAEMT/Nasco Paramedic of the Year Award.

Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management from Millersville University. She is a lifetime member and former board member of the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs.

Robert Wales: Secretary/Treasurer
Robert Wales is a paramedic and has been the International Program Development Manager for the American Heart Association (AHA) since 2010. In his role at the AHA, he leads a team that manages the quality of training and development of the AHA’s International Emergency Cardiovascular Care programs and consults on the development of the AHA’s training materials. Prior to working for the AHA, Mr. Wales was the Training Officer and a Critical Care Paramedic for Pickens County EMS in South Carolina. He has spoken at conferences around the world and has consulted on publications for critical care transport and emergency medical care. He also serves on the Board of Directors for CAPCE, helping to advance quality continuing education for prehospital providers and promote the EMS profession.

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CAPCE represents only that its accredited programs have met CAPCE standards for accreditation. These standards require sound educational offerings determined by a review of its objectives, teaching plan, faculty, and program evaluation process. CAPCE does not endorse or support the actual teachings, opinions or material content as presented by the speaker(s) and/or sponsoring organization. CAPCE accreditation does not represent that the content conforms to any national, state or local standard or best practice of any nature. No student shall have any course of action against CAPCE based on the accreditation of the material.