Statewide Training



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The goal of the HSEMD training program is to prepare those involved in emergency management to effectively protect, prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from all hazards.

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Program Details

The program provides training to enhance core emergency management capabilities of local emergency management coordinators, fire department, law enforcement, EMS, public officials, public works, schools, hospitals, volunteers, business and industry personnel, and others in the emergency management system.

Training needs are identified annually by assessing current emergency management capabilities at the local and state level. Capability gaps are identified and prioritized, then training is provided to address those gaps. The HSEMD training program utilizes federal, state and local resources to provide quality training in Iowa.

Training Schedule

This training schedule serves as a platform to view current course offerings and other events in Iowa by district. Training opportunities listed on the training schedule may be hosted by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management or various training partners across the state.

Disclaimer: Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Department is not responsible for information posted on the training schedule pertaining to any course that is not hosted or sponsored by IA HSEMD.

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What is a FEMA SID?

FEMA Student Identification (SID) number is a unique number generated and assigned to anyone who needs or is required to take training provided by a FEMA organization. Your FEMA SID uniquely identifies you throughout the FEMA organization and all of its agencies. The goal is for your FEMA SID to serve as your personal identification number instead of your Social Security Number (SSN) in support of FEMA’s effort to decrease/cease the use of SSN for identifying and tracking individuals. Visit the following link for more information:

Do I need a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID)?

To register for any type of FEMA training, you must have a SID. To obtain a SID, do the following:

  • Step 1: To register, go to
  • Step 2: Click on the “Register for a FEMA SID” box.
  • Step 3: Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account.
  • Step 4: You will receive an email with your SID number. You should save this number in a secure location.

Forgot your FEMA SID? Find it here:

What form do I need to complete to attend a FEMA training?

Anyone applying to attend either a resident of state-delivered course must complete a FEMA 119-25-1 Form. Completed forms must be submitted via email to HSEMD training staff or faxed to 515-323-4208 with attn. to “HSEMD Training Staff”. Applications must be complete with signature of applicant and signature of head of sponsoring organization (line 22a).

Why do I need to go through the State Training Officer to conduct FEMA/DHS funded training in my jurisdiction?

To utilize and coordinate training resources in the most efficient manner, all FEMA/DHS funded training opportunities must be approved by the HSEMD Training Staff.


EM Training Requirements

Baseline Requirements

According to the Iowa Administrative Code 605-7.4(4), a local emergency management (EM) coordinator must complete continuing education requirements. Within two years of appointment, a local EM coordinator must complete the following “baseline” study courses:

Classroom Course:

Emergency Management Program Development course information available at

Independent Study Courses

Courses available at:

IS-5.a An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
IS-100.c Introduction to the Incident Command System
IS-120.c* An Introduction to Exercises
IS-200.c Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response
IS-230.e* Fundamentals of Emergency Management
IS-235.c* Emergency Planning
IS-240.c* Leadership and Influence
IS-241.c* Decision Making and Problem Solving
IS-242.c* Effective Communication
IS-244.b* Developing and Managing Volunteers
IS-393.b Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
IS-403 Introduction to Individual Assistance
IS-700.b National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.d An Introduction National Response Framework, An Introduction
IS-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
IS-2200 Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions

Professional Development Series

Annual Continuing Education Requirements

Upon completion of the baseline requirements listed above, an EM coordinator must complete annually a minimum of 24 hours of state-approved emergency management training. Annual training occurs during the federal fiscal year from October 1 to September 30. Annual training will commence the following October 1, after completion of the baseline requirements (even if completion occurs before the allotted two years).

Beginning October 1, 2021 the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) will transition to a revised 24 hour annual training requirement for emergency management coordinators in the State of Iowa, as identified in Iowa Administrative Code 605 7.4(4) section c.

The criteria for the 24 hours of annual training will be broken down into 12 hours of training specific to emergency management and 12 hours of training approved by each local emergency management commission that is identified as necessary for the fulfillment of their emergency management coordinator’s duties.

FFY22 revised annual training requirement memo (PDF), this document will be updated annually for the next Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) that identify the upcoming Emergency Support Functions (ESF) training options.

 FFY22 revised annual training requirement memo (PDF)

Training Updates

As of August 10, 2016, the following changes of Iowa Administrative Code § 605 ch 7 subrule 4(4) took effect; (1) a reduction in the time frame to complete baseline and professional development training from five years to two years and; (2) the removal of the listing of specific baseline and professional development courses from the subrule.

The following considerations apply to these changes (as of August 10, 2016 unless otherwise specified):

  • Individuals who have successfully completed the baseline and professional development courses will not be required to complete any updated replacement courses.
  • Individuals who are currently working to complete the requisite courses will need to adhere to the new course list. However, if a certificate of completion was accepted by HSEMD for a retired course, the individual will not need to take the updated replacement course.
  • Starting October 1, 2016, individuals who are currently working on baseline and professional development courses will have two years to complete the training.

Administrative Rule Change Memo

Training Certificates

EM coordinators will receive a certificate for satisfactory completion of courses. Certificates must be uploaded to the SharePoint website in order to receive credit. For questions about SharePoint or uploading certificates, please contact the HSEMD Training Staff.

Training Resources

HSEMD partners that include FEMA and other federally funded programs, to provide high-quality training to individuals who have a role in emergency management. These programs offer resident, state-delivered and independent study courses. To request a course, please contact our training staff at

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The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state’s
business and government leaders, who share a commitment to strengthen the capacity of the state to prevent, prepare for, respond to,
and recover from disasters through public-private collaboration.

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The Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau is Iowa’s designated state fire academy, providing quality training and education for Iowa’s fire and emergency services.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA Training Programs:

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Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

Location: Emmetsburg, Maryland

EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution, and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal,
and volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training.

EMI offers several awareness, advanced and executive level programs for emergency management professionals:

  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program
  • The NIMS Training Program identifies those courses critical to train personnel capable of implementing all functions of emergency management.
    The curriculum includes 28 courses that are designed to provide a baseline understanding of emergency management concepts as well as an overview
    of key NIMS principles relating to MACS, public information, resource management, mutual aid, and communication and information management.
  • Professional Development Series (PDS)
  • The PDS includes seven independent study courses that provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for those in the emergency management
    profession. Students who complete all seven required PDS independent study courses are eligible to receive the EMI PDS Certificate of Completion.
  • Advanced Professional Series (APS)
  • The APS contains a set of five required courses and a set of fifteen elective courses. The purpose
    of the APS is to motivate and challenge students to continue emergency management training. These classroom style courses build practical
    disaster management and coordination skills. Students who complete the five required courses and any five of the fifteen electives are
    eligible to receive the EMI APS Certificate of Completion.
  • Emergency Manager Professional Program (EMPP)
  • The EMPP provides a structured and progressive framework for acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter and progress through
    the field and to meet the challenges of a dynamic and complex environment. The entire EMPP curriculum is designed to provide a lifetime
    of learning for a career in emergency management.
  • The EMPP includes three academies:
    • National Emergency Management Basic Academy
    • National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (formerly the Leaders Academy)
    • National Emergency Management Executive Academy
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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area
and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical
operations giving members the skills to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders
are not immediately available to help.

**NOTE: to request training from any of the following consortium groups, please follow their training link to complete their online request.
The training consortium group will contact Iowa HSEMD Training Team for approval to bring the training to Iowa. The requester will
work directly with the training consortium POC on logistics, registration, flyers, etc. We highly recommend you post the training to
our statewide training site for more visibility and promotion.
We welcome the wide range of training opportunities that our training consortium partners are able to provide in person or virtually.



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Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC)

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) provides relevant all-hazards training in
support of rural homeland security requirements. RDPC courses are offered both in-person and online, and are provided at no cost.

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National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC)

The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) is a partnership of several
nationally recognized organizations whose membership is based on the urgent need to address the counter-terrorism preparedness needs of the
nation’s emergency first responders within the context of all hazards including chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive Weapons
of Mass Destruction (WMD) hazards.

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  • Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)
  • Location: Anniston, Alabama
  • The CDP’s interdisciplinary resident and nonresident training courses promote greater understanding among the following diverse
    responder disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous
    Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.
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  • Homeland Security – National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (TEEX-NERRTC)
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • NERRTC, a center within the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) delivers a comprehensive set of courses and workshops
    to emergency responders. NERRTC provides training in eleven core competency areas across the community: cybersecurity, crisis
    communications, executive and elected officials education, hazardous materials awareness and operations, health and medical
    services, incident management, infrastructure protection, search and rescue, threat and risk assessment, and training gap
    analyses and public works.
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  • Counterterrorism Operations Support – Center for Radiological Nuclear Training (CTOS)
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • CTOS coordinates the development and delivery of preventive radiological/nuclear detection and interdiction training with
    the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). CTOS training prepares first responders to take immediate, decisive action
    to prevent or mitigate terrorist use of radiological or nuclear WMDs, such as Improvised Nuclear Devices (INDs) and Radiological
    Dispersal Devices (RDDs or “dirty bombs”).
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  • National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC)
  • Location: Honolulu, HI
  • NDPTC works collaboratively to develop and deliver training and education in the areas of disaster preparedness, response,
    and recovery to governmental, private, tribal, and non-profit entities, and under-represented/under-served communities.
    It incorporates urban planning and environmental management, emphasizing community preparedness and addressing the needs
    of vulnerable at-risk populations.
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  • National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT)
  • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • NCBRT provides awareness level, performance level, as well as management and planning level courses to emergency responders
    throughout the United States and its territories at no cost to course participants. Topic areas include hazardous and /or
    explosive device training, planning and response activities following a catastrophic event. The NCBRT offers course delivery,
    indirect course support, instructor development and technical assistance.
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  • Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC)
  • SERTC offers hands-on training based on OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) and NFPA Standard 472 requirements including Hazmat
    Awareness, Operations, Technician, Specialist Level Courses, WMD Technician Course and Incident Commander as well as
    advanced refresher courses.

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