The International Association of Emergency Managers and the Certification Commissioners welcome you to the online Resource Center, an important section of the IAEM website for emergency management practitioners who are pursuing their Associate Emergency Manager or Certified Emergency Manager credential.
Updated Exam: The IAEM online exam will launch on Mar. 18, 2019. Individuals planning to take the AEM /CEM exam after Mar. 18, 2019, should use this study guide to prepare for the exam, as the resources have been updated and new exam questions have been established.
Canada Exam Update (03 Apr 2018) The following Canada country-specific resources are no longer in use on the current exam:
National Defence website – Canada First Defence Strategy, Roles of the Canadian Forces home page
Food-borne Illness Emergency Response Plan (FI ERP)
New Zealand Exam Update (05 Sept 2017) The New Zealand certification exam was updated in August 2017. New Zealand candidates preparing to take the AEM/CEM Exam should ensure that they are using the most up-to-date study guide, shown above with an upload date of Sept. 5, 2017.
Australia Exam Update (08 Feb 2017) The Australia exam is currently being updated. Until further notice, all Australia candidates will take the International exam and therefore should only study references from the "recommended publications" list.
Update: The following resource has been added to the Additional References for U.S. Specific Exams:
IS-2001 Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)
Currently, IS-139 "Exercise Design" is no longer available on the FEMA website. Access the IS-139 documents here to help you prepare for the AEM/CEM exam. Please keep in mind you will not receive credit from FEMA for taking the course. Access to the documents is only to assist you with preparation for the certification exam.
Currently, IS-1a "The Emergency Manager" is no longer available on the FEMA website. Access the IS-1a documents here to help you prepare for the AEM/CEM exam. Please keep in mind you will not receive credit from FEMA for taking the course. Access to the documents is only to assist you with preparation for the certification exam.
CEM Corner. The CEM Corner is divided into components that mirror the requirements of the AEM/CEM credentials. By clicking on the link for the appropriate topic, the link will open up to a myriad of helpful information about that component of the AEM/CEM requirements. The CEM Corner includes articles that have been published in the IAEM Bulletin.
FEMA IS Courses
FEMA IS Courses. FEMA Independent Study (IS) Courses, a distance learning program, offers exceptional opportunities to meet the education requirements for Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) or Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification.
Independent Study Program course certificates never expire. If a candidate wishes to refresh their skills, you may retake the exam; however, FEMA’s system will not re-score the exam and the original date of completion will remain on the candidate's certificate of completion.
If a candidate is trying to submit an exam for a course that is required to be taken each year, please see the IS course list and look for courses with a yearly suffix. Example: IS-19.14 where .14 indicates 2014.
Find a Mentor. The Certification Commission encourages mentoring of applicants by current CEMs. The CEMs provided on the searchable Find a Mentor database are Featured Mentors. You can search and find a person who is close in proximity to your location or your employment description. Candidates for certification also may choose CEMs not on this list to be their mentor.
Partnerships with Colleges, Universities and Academies
In November 2017, the Certification Executive Committee approved a simplified memorandum of understanding to recognized interested academic institutions that value the IAEM Certification program. If you are interested in becoming a partner, contact Kate McClimans for further details.
Recording of Apr. 13, 2016, IAEM-USA Uniformed Services Caucus Webinar: "AEM/CEM Certification for Members of the Military" Presenter: Commander Heather Kostecki, USCG, CEM, military representative on the North American CEM® Application Review Commission. About the webinar: This webinar provided information about the AEM/CEM process to members of the military and demonstrated the importance of emergency management certification for the profession. This webinar was open to the public.
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