How to Assist With Standards Development

Contribute your skills to APCO's standards development efforts.

Getting involved in the APCO Standards Development process is an excellent way to take your professional game to the next level and contribute to producing standards for public safety communications. It may seem intimidating but it is not. It is fun to meet people from across the country who all share common interests and goals in public safety communications. Not only will you be contributing your knowledge and experience to the standard but you will learn a lot from your peers during the process. You do not need to be an expert to participate, you just need to be willing to contribute and use your skills to accomplish a common goal.

There are two ways to join the APCO standards development team:

Join a Standards Development Committee

APCO has six committees directly involved in governing and managing the standards development process:

  • Standards Development Main Committee (SDC)
  • SDC Operational Subcommittee
  • SDC Technical Subcommittee
  • SDC Training Subcommittee
  • SDC Quality Assurance Subcommittee
  • SSCC Occupational Analysis Subcommittee

If you are interested in joining any one of the six standards development committees, please complete the following survey: Standards Development Committee Continuous Recruitment

If you have any questions about writing groups, please email apcostandards@apcointl.org or call the Standards Program Manager at (920) 579-1153.

Join a Writing Group

A group of approximately 15 volunteers works together to research and write a specific standard. The volunteers have backgrounds in training, operations, and technical. The standard may be a new initiative or it may be a revision. The writing groups are the creative minds behind the standard. Writing Groups will generally meet twice a month for a 60-minute conference call and conduct some work offline. If you are interested in joining a writing group, be sure you have time in your busy schedule to join the monthly meetings and to conduct some additional work offline. If you have never seen what a standard looks like, check them out on APCO’s Standards for Download page.

APCO International is seeking writing group members to participate in the creation of ANSI standards in the following areas: