Emergency Manager Training Requirements

Baseline Requirements

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:

Classroom Course:

Emergency Management Program Development course information available at http://www.iowaema.com/index.php/empd-course

Independent Study Courses

Courses available at: https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx

An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
Introduction to Incident Command System
An Introduction to Exercises
ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
Fundamentals of Emergency Management
Emergency Planning
Leadership and Influence
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Effective Communication
Developing and Managing Volunteers
Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
Introduction to Individual Assistance
National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
National Response Framework, An Introduction
Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions

*Professional Development Series

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 five years).

Training Updates

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):

  • Individuals who have successfully completed the baseline and professional development courses will not be required to complete any updated replacement courses.
  • Individuals who are currently working to complete the requisite courses will need to adhere to the new course list. However, if a certificate of completion was accepted by HSEMD for a retired course, the individual will not need to take the updated replacement course.
  • Starting October 1, 2016, individuals who are currently working on baseline and professional development courses will have two years to complete the training.

Administrative Rule Change Memo

Training Certificates

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.