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:
Course information available at http://www.iowaema.com/index.php/empd-course
Emergency Management Program Development
Courses available at: https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
*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).
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 me uploaded to the SharePoint website in order to receive credit. For questions about SharePoint or uploading certificates, please contact Beth Lewis.