Continuing Education

Training and Education Resources from FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers more than fifty independent study courses. These are self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. For most of the courses you will need to download and print the materials. Others are interactive courses that you can take directly over the internet. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. Each Independent Study Course includes lessons with practice exercises and a final examination. Students who score 75 percent or better are issued a certificate of achievement from EMI.

Course completion times vary from two to fourteen hours, depending on the course and the student's background. College credit can be obtained after successful completion of a course.

Visit: FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

The NIMS Integration Center strongly recommends that volunteers with a direct role in emergency and incident management and response take NIMS and ICS training. The amount of training depends on the person's position level in response operations, as follows:

Entry Level
* FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction
* IS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent

First Line, Single Resource, Field Supervisors
* IS-700, IS-100 and IS-200: Basic ICS or its equivalent

Middle Management: Strike Team Leaders, Division Supervisors, EOC Staff, etc.
* IS-700, IS-800 NRP, IS-100, IS-200 and in FY07, IS-300

Command and General Staff; Area, Emergency and EOC Managers
* IS-700, IS-800, IS-100, IS-200 and in FY07, IS-300 and IS-400

For more information, visit:

FEMA's Independent Studies Course List

National Incident Management System Course List