Read, review and comment on candidate industry standards.

As an ANSI-Accredited Standards Development Organization, APCO maintains an openness in our standards development process that allows anyone to participate. The standards development that APCO adheres to uses due process through consensus-based, open and balanced procedures. There is a 45-day period when a draft candidate standard is open for public review and comment. Any person (e.g., organization, company, government agency, individual, etc.) with a direct and material interest has a right to participate by:

  • Expressing a position and its basis
  • Having that position considered, and
  • Having the right to appeal.

All comments will be addressed by the standards working group.

Standards Currently Available for Public Review & Comment

The following candidate standards are available for your review:

Candidate Standard for Core Competencies and Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety Communications Technician

Public review and comment period: October 29 – December 13, 2021.

This is a revision of the standard identifying the core competencies and minimum training requirements for Public Safety Communications Technicians, sometimes referred to as Technician or Specialist. This position is typically tasked with planning, monitoring, maintaining, managing and/or installing technology systems, including radio systems, computer aid dispatch (CAD) systems, geographic information systems (GIS), and associated equipment, to ensure continuity of mission critical operation

Candidate Standard for Core Competencies and Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety Communications Manager/Director

Public review and comment period: November 5 – December 20, 2021

The revision of this standard identifies the core competencies and minimum training requirements for the public safety communications manager/director position, which is typically tasked with managing and directing all aspects of an emergency communications center (ECC).

How to Comment

When there are candidate standards, you may use this form to comment on them.

Standards Comment & Review Form

Standards Comment & Review Form

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You may also submit comments to [email protected]. Please ensure that you include the below information related to your comment(s) if submitting directly to the APCO Standards email address:

First and last name
Email address
Phone number
Name of candidate standard
Page number
Section number
Line number
Proposed resolution

Please continue to check this page for further updates. If you are aware of any current standards activities that may impact public safety communications, please email information to [email protected].

Questions and Suggestions?

If you have any questions, suggestions, or need for specific standards, please submit them for APCO’s review to [email protected] or call the Standards Program Manager at (469) 424-7599.