According to the Iowa Administrative Code 605-7.4(4), a local emergency management (EM) coordinator must complete continuing education requirements. Within two years of appointment, a local EM coordinator must complete the following “baseline” study courses:
Emergency Management Program Development course information available at http://www.iowaema.com/index.php/empd-course
Courses available at: https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
Annual Continuing Education Requirements
Upon completion of the baseline requirements listed above, an EM coordinator must complete annually a minimum of 24 hours of state-approved emergency management training. Annual training occurs during the federal fiscal year from October 1 to September 30. Annual training will commence the following October 1, after completion of the baseline requirements (even if completion occurs before the allotted two years).
Beginning October 1, 2021 the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) will transition to a revised 24 hour annual training requirement for emergency management coordinators in the State of Iowa, as identified in Iowa Administrative Code 605 7.4(4) section c.
The criteria for the 24 hours of annual training will be broken down into 12 hours of training specific to emergency management and 12 hours of training approved by each local emergency management commission that is identified as necessary for the fulfillment of their emergency management coordinator's duties.
FFY22 revised annual training requirement memo (PDF), this document will be updated annually for the next Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) that identify the upcoming Emergency Support Functions (ESF) training options.
As of August 10, 2016, the following changes of Iowa Administrative Code § 605 ch 7 subrule 4(4) took effect; (1) a reduction in the time frame to complete baseline and professional development training from five years to two years and; (2) the removal of the listing of specific baseline and professional development courses from the subrule.
The following considerations apply to these changes (as of August 10, 2016 unless otherwise specified):
EM coordinators will receive a certificate for satisfactory completion of courses. Certificates must be uploaded to the SharePoint website in order to receive credit. For questions about SharePoint or uploading certificates, please contact the HSEMD Training Staff.