CEM® News: 2018

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  • Online Certification Exam (20 Dec 2018) IAEM will be launching the online certification exam on Mar. 18, 2019. If you plan to take the online exam after Mar. 18, 2019, please use the updated study guide to prepare for the exam. Further details about the online exam platform will be posted in early 2019.
  • Complimentary Breakfast on Oct. 24 for AEMs/CEMs Attending IAEM Annual Conference (25 Sept 2018) On Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018, IAEM is hosting a complimentary breakfast for AEMs and CEMs attending the IAEM Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tickets for this event are required. Contact IAEM staff at KMcClimans@iaem.com with the subject line “Sunrise Certification Breakfast Ticket” for details on how to reserve your spot. Space is limited, so get your ticket now.
  • Certification Commission Seeks Candidates to Fill Several Commissioner Openings; Application Deadline Is June 1, 2018 (21 Feb 2018) The IAEM Certification Commission is looking for candidates to fill several commissioner openings for the Class of 2021, serving from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2021. The Certification Commission conducts electronic reviews using the online system. Every other month, commissioners are expected to review, on average, 12-20 applications, based on volume, within a 30-day window. Interested applicants must be detail oriented, responsive via email and phone, and plan to devote approximately 30 hours per review month (180 hours yearly) to online reviews. Commissioners also draft notification letters to candidates so commissioners must possess clear, concise writing skills.

The Certification Commission has one or two in-person meetings per year as well as quarterly conference calls lasting between 1-2 hours to discuss policy and procedure changes. Occasionally, commissioners may be asked to serve on a short term ad-hoc working group related to a topic of discussion on the Certification Commission. IAEM is prepared to cover the travel costs for the in-person review meetings for commissioners living outside of the DC metro area.

There are a limited number of available spaces, but any interested USA certified individual is encouraged to apply, as we are looking to identify people who are willing to serve as alternates to represent each EM category should seats become available mid-term. Download chart of commissioner categories.

Commissioners must be full-time working emergency management practitioners, current CEMs, and successfully recertified at least once, with a demonstrated knowledge of emergency management, desire to serve, ability to work without bias and maintain confidentiality as well as the credibility of the AEM/CEM credential.

Applicants should ensure they have access to a computer without security limitations to access zip, pdf, .msg, jpeg, gif, .mov, Powerpoint, and Word files. Access to publisher is a benefit. Users should be using the current version of any of the major browsers (latest Firefox, Chrome, Safari or IE). Interested individuals should identify themselves as being computer savvy and have a willingness to learn how to use the online application portal.

Strong applications will provide examples to demonstrate the following desired criteria:

  • Articulates how own experience in emergency management translates into being a good Commissioner
  • Ability to meet time commitment required by the Commission
  • Ability to work in an unbiased and confidential manner
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting the IAEM Certification Program
  • Experience using digital/online tools
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Clear, concise writing skills and attention to detail

Candidates interested in serving on the Certification Commission should submit the following information to IAEM Program Manager, Kate McClimans, KMcClimans@iaem.com, by June 1, 2018:

  • Letter of intent expressing desire to serve as a commissioner as well as willingness to devote the necessary time to participate in online reviews and commission meetings.
  • Personal Commissioner Qualities – a short narrative (maximum of two pages) describing the qualities the applicant will bring to the commission. Include the date of CEM initial certification and recertification(s).
  • Qualification(s) to Serve – up to a one page description of the qualifications for the category(ies) of participation to be considered as described in the chart of CEM Commissioner categories. Application must clearly indicate which category the candidate’s current employment represents.
  • Current Resume.
  • One letter of reference from current supervisor to verify and support Commissioner criteria as well as to show support for the time commitment.
  • One letter of reference from a current CEM to illustrate professionalism as an emergency manager and commitment to IAEM certification program. Additional letters of support may be submitted to help highlight candidate’s attributes. NOTE: If candidate’s supervisor is also a CEM, only one letter is required as long as the reference is able to address both bullet points.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Upon receipt, candidate will receive confirmation that information was received by IAEM HQ. Late submissions may be held over for the following year. Candidates will be notified of the results this fall.


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