The ASEAN Standards and
Certification for Experts in
Disaster Management

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The ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management

The ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management

What is the ASCEND Programme?

The ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND) is
an initiative of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) that provides regionally recognised competency
standards and a certification process for disaster management professionals across ASEAN.
ASCEND helps to facilitate the recognition and mobility of disaster management professionals. 

The ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND) is an initiative of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) that provides regionally recognised competency standards and a certification process for disaster management professionals across ASEAN. ASCEND helps to facilitate the recognition and mobility of disaster management professionals. 

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The ASEAN Standards

The ASEAN Standards refer to common competency standards  for different professions in the disaster management sector that  are recognised in all ASEAN Member States. The agreed  ASCEND competency standards and its supporting documents  will also become a reference for ASEAN nations that will  establish their national qualification standards in disaster  managements.

The ASEAN Standards refer to common competency standards for different professions in the disaster management sector that are recognised in all ASEAN Member States. The agreed ASCEND competency standards and its supporting documents will also become a reference for ASEAN nations that will establish their national qualification standards in disaster management. 

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The ASEAN Certification

The ASCEND Certification refers to the process of securing official ASEAN recognition that an individual possesses the necessary qualification  and competence to perform a specific profession in the disaster management sector.

The ASCEND Certification refers to the process of securing official ASEAN recognition that an individual possesses the necessary qualification and competence to perform a specific profession in the disaster management sector.

What are the types of
profession for certification
under ASCEND?

RAPID ASSESSMENT

Rapid assessment is the process of collecting data to gain a clearer understanding of the needs and capacities of populations affected by disasters during the emergency response phase. Accurate assessments contribute to the timely delivery of aid and relief that are relevant to affected populations.

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HUMANITARIAN SHELTER & SETTLEMENTS

Humanitarian Shelter & Settlements is a process of providing financial, material, technical, and social assistance to meet the shelter needs of communities affected by disasters or humanitarian emergencies. The sheltering solution includes repairing damaged homes or building temporary shelters, improving building safety and living conditions, protecting the privacy of inhabitants, and facilitating long-term reconstruction.

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HUMANITARIAN LOGISTICS

Humanitarian logistics is the process of planning, implementing, monitoring, and controlling the acquisition, storage, and transportation of goods and materials from the point of origin to disaster sites. Its purpose is to manage inventory, facilitate communication, support infrastructure, and deliver resources to help alleviate the suffering of disaster-affected populations efficiently and cost-effectively.

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INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Information management is the process of gathering, sharing, and using data and information to inform a timely and effective response to disasters and humanitarian emergencies. It facilitates decision-making, coordination, and advocacy by providing data analysis and reliable information on the affected population.

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WATER, SANITATION & HYGIENE (WASH)

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene or WASH in humanitarian and disaster response contexts provide affected communities access to clean potable water, adequate sanitation utilities, and promotion of good hygiene practices that reduce environmental health risks and prevent disease outbreaks.

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7 STEPS of Certification

ASCEND provides a mechanism on the equivalence of disaster management certification procedures and qualifications across ASEAN. Recognising each other’s qualifications will facilitate mobility for disaster management professionals across the region and accelerate the emergency response operation in ASEAN.

ASCEND Competency Standards 2nd Edition

ASCEND Competency Standards 2nd Edition

The ASCEND Competency Standards identifies the key features of work in selected disaster management professions and performance standards professionals need to meet to be deemed competent. It also provides the list of the forty-three (43) core and technical competencies that serve as the basis for defining the regionally recognised disaster management qualifications across the ASEAN Member States.

ASCEND Competency Standards 2nd Edition

The ASCEND Competency Standards identifies the key features of work in selected disaster management professions and performance standards professionals need to meet to be deemed competent. It also provides the list of the forty-three (43) core and technical competencies that serve as the basis for defining the regionally recognised disaster management qualifications across the ASEAN Member States.

ASCEND Competency Standards 2nd Edition

The project “Operationalising the ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND)” is part of the AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025, and will contribute to the realisation of
ASEAN’s goal to become a global leader in disaster management by 2025, as articulated in the ASEAN Vision 2025 on Disaster Management.
The AHA Centre implements the ASCEND development project in collaboration with the Korean National Fire Agency (KNFA), and with support from the ASEAN Secretariat and the Government of the Republic of Korea.

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