There are two types of initial certification offered: the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) and the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). The requirements are thoroughly outlined in the application.
That the AEM, CEM and Lifetime CEM applications are available through the online system. All applications must be submitted through the online system.
Candidates must submit the certification fee ($395 for IAEM Members; $595 for Non-IAEM Members) to be eligible to sit for the exam and have their online credential application reviewed by the CEM Commission.
The certification fee entitles candidates to:
Candidates who do not pass the exam on the second attempt or receive notification that their credential application has been rejected must pay the certification fee again and start the process from the beginning. All certification fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Submit the certification payment now. Keep in mind that your certification application fee must be posted to your record prior to submitting your certification application. Payments made online are batched and posted on the next business day, so plan accordingly.
Before candidates submit their AEM/CEM credential application, it is recommended that candidates review the Resources material and CEM News available on the website for updated requirements and/or changes to the process. Candidates should ensure they are working on the most current application and should be aware that applications downloaded outside of a one-year time frame may be out of date."
Candidates must request the AEM/CEM exam at least 14 business days in advance. See the Study Guide for details on how to set up an exam at a location near you. No exams or exam requests will be processed between:
Eligible proctors would be someone in the education or registrar department at a local high school, university, community college, military installation, a State OEM Training Coordinator, a current IAEM Board Member, Certification Commissioner, or IAEM staff. The proctor will need to be someone who does not work with the candidate on a regular basis or have a personal relationship with the candidate.
If you wish to set up an official group exam offering please contact IAEM staff member Chelsea Firth at Chelsea@iaem.com. Please indicate how many can participate; the date, time and location of the event; and who will be the proctor.
Certification is maintained in five-year cycles. Recertification requirements can be found here.
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