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FEMA independent study courses can be taken online and on your schedule.

Incident Command Leadership: It is critical that those who are most likely to fill a leadership role (Incident Commander, Section Chief) possess a higher level of understanding regarding the Incident Command process than those they will be expected to lead. This also includes managers or other staff who may have a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management and/or emergency response during an incident. To meet this need "basic training" on Incident Command and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) is undertaken as a self-study within the first six months of appointment. All individuals who fill a role on the Incident Command Team are required to take NIMS compliance training to include ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800, depending upon their defined roles.

Personnel designated to fulfill ICS roles should take ICS-700 and ICS-100 or equivalent, and may include the following staff:

  1. Physician leadership
  2. Nursing manager
  3. Ancillary staff leaders
  4. Materials/resource management mangers/directors
  5. Security/safety staff

Personnel designated as middle management personnel should also take ICS-200 or the equivalent. Others who may consider ICS-200 include physicians, department managers, unit leaders, charge nurses, and staff members that would have a role in the hospital command center (e.g., hospital, local, or state).

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Notice: Independent Study Exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have a SID, register for one today: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid. Please do not contact the Independent Study program office as they are unable to provide assistance with these requests.

If you have an inquiry regarding the FEMA Independent Study Program, NIMS or other Emergency Management Institute (EMI) related requests such as: requests for certificates, transcripts, online test scores/results, please contact the FEMA Independent Study program office at 301-447-1200 or email Independent.Study@fema.dhs.govfor further assistance.Please do not contact the FEMA SID Help Desk as they are unable to provide assistance with these requests.

In order to access the independent study courses, please following the links below:

IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System

IS-200.HCA: Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations

IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

IS-800.b.: National Response Framework, An Introduction

Upon successful course completion of the exam, you will receive an electronic completion certificate via email. You may download and print this certificate for your records. Upon receipt of the course certificate, you should forward your certificate to Organizational Training, JH Room 417 or to OTD@upstate.edu to ensure entry into your training record. If you have any questions, please contact us.


The FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama identifies, develops, tests, and delivers free, all expense paid training to state, local, and tribal emergency response providers. The center provides on-site and mobile training at the performance, management, and planning levels. They facilitate the delivery of training by the training partners of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The CDP provides the healthcare discipline with specific emergency management and leadership training needs. This includes individuals who provide clinical, forensic, and administrative skills in hospitals, physician offices, and clinics including surveillance (passive and active), diagnosis, laboratory evaluation, treatment, mental health support, epidemiology investigation, evidence collection, along with fatality management for humans and animals. This category includes: Hospital Administrators/Executives, Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Physician Extenders (Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners), Veterinarians, Pharmacists, and Technicians, Medical Examiners/Coroners, Therapists, Epidemiologists, Facility Management, Security, Environmental Investigators, and Medical Records.

Healthcare Courses:

Visit the registration page for more details on registering for a course: https://cdp.dhs.gov/register/application-procedures./

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