June 2, 2020

FEMA Independent Study Program for Emergency Management People (Police, Fire, Medic)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute offers an Independent Study Program designed for a wide range of professionals directly or indirectly involved in emergency management. This free online program offers flexibility for busy adults, but it also helps satisfy continuing education unit (CEUs) requirements and/or college credit.

FEMA Independent Study

The Independent Study Program courses are structured around FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal, including initiatives that focus on incident and emergency planning, communication, and management.

Eligibility for the FEMA Courses

Despite the fact that the FEMA Independent Study Program courses are designed for emergency management personnel, any U.S. resident with an address is eligible to take the courses as well as the tests. Non-U.S. residents may access the coursework and resources on the site, but are not eligible to take the tests.

A glance at the list of courses, though, suggests practical study options for a variety of audiences with interests in various aspects of emergency management. For example:

  • Courses for the general public: A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance, Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness, and Household Hazardous Materials—A Guide for Citizens
  • Courses for local/state/tribal emergency personnel: State Disaster Management, Fundamentals of Emergency Management, and The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management.
  • Courses for agricultural professionals: Livestock in Disasters
  • Courses for education and healthcare professionals: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools and Introduction to the Incident Command System for Healthcare/Hospitals
  • Courses for FEMA personnel: FEMA EEO Employee Course and FEMA EEO Supervisor Course.

Police, Fire, EMTs, and emergency management professionals on the local level may benefit from the coursework, as would emergency management professionals at the state and federal levels. If you’re required as a part of your job to take these courses, then official printed course certificates provide proof of completion and a passing grade.

  • The courses are free of charge
  • All course materials are available on the FEMA website
  • Take courses at your own pace
  • Take tests only when you are prepared
  • You get a printed certificate for any course you successfully pass to keep in your records.

The FEMA Emergency Management Courses

Emergency Management field of study and practice is continually changing to meet new challenges. As it does you’ll find that the coursework changes, too. FEMA adds new and revised coursework on a regular basis. You can sign up for email alerts that notify you of new course changes.

For additional study purposes there are many resources available online, even forums for sharing test information and “answers.” For official courses, tests, and course details, visit the FEMA Independent Study Program website. (http://training.fema.gov/IS/ ) There you will also find information on a range of Emergency Management Institute materials, including applications for on-campus courses when available.