FEMA NIMS Training

General Information

NIMS Training

The National Training Program for National Incident Management System (NIMS) has developed a common national foundation for training and qualifying emergency management/response personnel. Adequately trained and qualified emergency management/response personnel are critical to the national implementation of NIMS. The NIMS document describes the National Integration Center's (NIC) responsibility to develop "a national program for NIMS education and awareness", and to facilitate common national standards for personnel qualification. The NIMS Training Program was mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. The NIMS curriculum is managed under FEMA by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

NIMS Courses Accepted by NWCG

The following courses are accepted for NWCG use as of October 2013: NIMS Curriculum Accepted by NWCG

Process for NWCG Delivery of FEMA NIMS Training Courses

This document outlines the procedures for delivering the FEMA courses recognized by NWCG. (Process for Delivery of FEMA Courses)


Emergency Management Institute NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program Administrative Guidelines: https://training.fema.gov/allhazards/

NIMS Training Program: https://www.fema.gov/training


Which NWCG courses have been replaced by FEMA NIMS courses?

I-100, Introduction to ICS
I-200, Basic ICS
I-300, Intermediate ICS
I-400, Advanced ICS
M-480, Multi-Agency Coordinating Group
S-400, Incident Commander
S-403, Public Information Officer
S-346, Situation Unit Leader
S-349, Resources Unit Leader
S-450, Logistics Section Chief
S-356, Supply Unit Leader
S-460, Finance/Administration Section Chief
S-360, Finance/Administration Unit Leaders

Who can instruct the ICS (ICS 100-402) courses?

There is no national instructor database for the ICS courses like the one for the all-hazards position specific courses. Refer to the NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, for additional information.

How do I know if I am in the NIMS Training Instructor database?

The national instructor database for the all-hazards position specific courses is maintained by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). State Training Officers (STO) or Geographic Area Training Representatives (GATR) can review the database upon request.

How do instructors who were not historically recognized during the application period get into the database?

Those wanting to be in the national instructor database to teach the NIMS position specific courses may do so in two ways:

  1. Attend a Train the Trainer course outlined in the document NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program at https://training.fema.gov/allhazards/ under Administrative Guidelines.
  2. If you meet the instructor qualifications as outlined in the document, NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program at https://training.fema.gov/allhazards/, under Administrative Guidelines, submit a justification and list of qualifications to Colby Jackson at cjackson@blm.gov.

I am putting on a classroom version of ICS-100 or ICS-200, how do I test the students?

Students must take the exam online via the Independent Study (https://training.fema.gov/is/) website and they will receive a FEMA issued certificate via email.

What do the FEMA NIMS course designator letters stand for?

IS = Independent Study (online courses)
G = State delivered courses
E = Emergency Management Institute courses delivered on-campus
L = Emergency Management Institute courses delivered off-campus

How do I find a FEMA NIMS position specific course that is scheduled to be put on in my area?

If you haven't already done so, get in touch with your State Training Officer (STO). They or their counterpart in another state can help find out who might be putting on a particular course in your part of the country. The following link has STO contact information by state. https://cdp.dhs.gov/contact/saa

There is not currently a comprehensive website that lists all training by state but the STOs coordinate with others in their areas of the country and can provide lists of upcoming courses.

Can I take a FEMA course in lieu of a required NWCG course?

No, a FEMA course cannot be substituted for a required NWCG course.

Can NWCG certificates be issued for position specific courses?

No, if you conduct a course with FEMA materials that is identified with an EMI number, students should receive an EMI certificate.

How can I tell if an ICS completion certificate is valid?

Delivery of the ICS courses has been delegated down to both state and federal entities (including NWCG) and therefore, various certificates are being issued.

State Training Officers (STOs), as well as the federal entities, have discretion in determining the validity of certificates. STOs can be a helpful resource when you have questions. Additionally, Russell Flick, of the EMI can assist and is available at russell.flick@fema.dhs.gov.

States and agencies may choose to attach a unique course number to their course completion certificate. Validate with your course coordinator or lead instructor that the FEMA NIMS ICS curriculum available through the Emergency Management Institute was used for the course. For this example, in either IQS or IQCS, input ICS-300 in the system.

I need proof of completion of a FEMA NIMS course but have not yet received my certificate, what should I do?

If verification of course completion is needed prior to receiving the NETC certificate, course coordinators can provide a copy of the course roster to the student.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Course Contacts:

ICS/IS Courses

Russell Flick

Position Specific Courses

Robert Patrick
(301) 447-1297

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