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APSLA Member Guidelines

Member Attendance:
There are nine programs over an extended period during the APSLA class year. This requires quite a commitment from the member’s organizations and the members themselves. It is expected that members will work to honor this commitment through punctuality and attendance. The number of APSLA applicants is generally over twice the number that get accepted into the program. Therefore, acceptance in to the program creates an obligation on the part of the member to make attendance a high priority for each of the nine class programs. However, it is recognized that sometimes critical issues arise in both the work and family environment that may preclude a member from attending all the programs. Recognizing this reality, it is permissible for a member to miss one class program during the year with reasonable cause and still be able to graduate with his/her class. The member should notify an APSLA representative prior to missing the class. If a member must miss a second class during the year, then this member will not be able to graduate with the current class. However, if the member chooses to “make up” the two missed classes by attending those two classes during the next year’s APSLA program, then the member may graduate with that class. The member must inform an APSLA representative by the end of the current program year of their intent to “make up” the two missed classes in the next year’s program so they can be formally included. No graduation consideration will be given to those missing more than two classes.

Member Dress Code: 
Whether a member is from the Fire, EMS, Police, Dispatch, Forestry, Military or Emergency Management sector, or whether a member is from the volunteer or the career sectors, each member is considered a professional representing their respective organization. As such there is an expectation that members while attending classes will dress in a manner that reflects professionalism. Professional attire would include a golf shirt with dress, khaki, or BDU trousers, or department’s uniform shirt (not ‘T’ shirt) and uniform trousers, or button dress shirts with dress trousers. Members may wear sport coats or suits if desirable. Graduation ceremonies are held at the last class. Proper attire for the graduation class is full dress uniforms (Class A’s), dress trousers and blazers, suits, or commensurate attire for females.

Code of Conduct: 
APSLA Alabama Fire College Employees, visiting presenters, instructors, and class members are expected to conduct themselves with the highest standards of professionalism and demeanor. Profanity, off-color humor, and racial, gender, or religious related derogatory remarks are not considered in good taste and will not be tolerated in class. 

Member Preparation and Participation: 
It is expected that class members will be dutiful with respect to any pre-class assignments, presentations, or preparatory work that is designed or assigned within the program and report to class ready to cogently interact. 

Part of the success of APSLA is attributed to the learning opportunities presented to the class by other class members through dialogue and perspectives offered during pointed discussions in class. It is understood that each class member brings unique perspectives to the class on an array of various subjects. It is a program expectation that members will participate in open discussions during the APSLA class year as well as an expectation that opportunities for open discussions will be provided as part of the program.

Class President: 
A class president will be elected at the two-day opening class session for each year. A member may place himself/herself into consideration for class president by notifying an APSLA representative at the beginning of the class. Also, nominations from the floor will be accepted as well. If multiple members are engaged for the office, said members will be given three minutes each to present to the group before a vote is taken to solidify the position. The Class President will help conduct the non-formal business of the program. Examples are coordinating and facilitating the selection, ordering, securing payment, and delivery of class shirts (if the class is desirous), and bringing forth any logistical issues or other issues for the good and welfare of the class (will be given the floor at the beginning of each class). The Class President will also have a role as a speaker at the graduation ceremony. Additionally, the class president will serve a one-year term on the APSLA advisory board. Said term beginning January 1st and ending December 31st. Other ad hoc serving opportunities may arise during the program year.


Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards and Education Commission
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