International Association of Emergency Managers (iAEM)

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)


Credential: Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Association of Emergency Managers (iAEM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification is an advanced-level credential recommended for emergency management professionals. CEMs have the knowledge, skills and ability to effectively manage a comprehensive emergency management program, in all environments, and be able to plan and coordinate with other agencies and community members ways to best respond to emergencies. Professionals considering this credential must possess expertise in all four phases of disaster activity: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. CEM candidates must meet all the requirements of the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) plus additional requirements, which include three years of emergency management experience, a four year baccalaureate degree and evidence of professional contributions to the field. Candidates must pass a written exam, submit documentation of training requirement, provide references and submit an emergency management essay.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Association of Emergency Managers (iAEM)

201 Park Washington Court
Falls Church, VA  22046

Phone: (703) 538-1795

Fax: (703) 241-5603
Email: info@iaem.com

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.

Candidate must have three years of emergency management experience. Comprehensive experience must include participation in a full-scale exercise or actual disaster.

Training and proof thereof must have occured within the last ten years and meet the following additional criteria:

  • 200 contact hours total of which–
    • 100 hours are in emergency management, and
    • 100 hours are in general management.

The Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must provide documentation of six separate contributions to the emergency management profession. Examples of contributions include professional membership, speaking, publications, and serving on volunteer boards or committees.
  • Candidate must submit a management essay which demonstrates knowledge of emergency management concerning real-life scenarios.
  • Candidate must submit three references, including one from the current supervisor.
  • Candidate must submit a credential binder for review by the CEM Commission.
  • A baccalaureate degree in emergency management reduces the experience requirement depending on how current. See iAEM Certification page for details.
  • Candidate may not use degree to both satisfy the education requirement and satisfy training hours.

Written Exam

  • Core
    • IS-1a Emergency Manager
    • IS-15b Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies
    • IS-100b Introduction to the Incident Command System
    • IS-120a An Introduction to Exercises
    • IS-130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning
    • IS-139 Exercise Design
    • IS-200b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • IS-230d Fundamentals of Emergency Management
    • IS-235b Emergency Planning
    • IS-242b Effective Communication
    • IS-244b Developing and Managing Volunteers
    • IS-271a Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk
    • IS-318 Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities
    • IS-340 Hazardous Materials Prevention
    • IS-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
    • IS-393a Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
    • IS-547a Introduction to Continuity of Operations (COOP)
    • IS-559 Local Damage Assessment
    • IS-619 Research in Training and Education
    • IS-632a Introduction to Debris Operations
    • IS-775 EOC Management and Operations
    • IS-910a Emergency Management Preparedness Fundamentals
    • IS-2001 Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)
  • Additional (US exam)
    • IS-208a State Disaster Management
    • IS-288 Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management
    • IS-403 Introduction to Individual Assistance (IA) (DF-103)
    • IS-634 Introduction to FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
    • IS-700a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
    • IS-701a NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS)
    • IS-702a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Public Information Systems
    • IS-703a NIMS Resource Management
    • IS-706 NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid - An Introduction
    • IS-800b The National Response Framework, An Introduction
    • IS-2900 National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the International Association of Emergency Managers (iAEM) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification is effective for a period of five years. In order to recertify, candidates must meet and submit recertification requirements prior to December 31 of the fifth year of previous certification/recertification. All current holders of the CEM who wish to maintain their designation must recertify at five-year intervals by submitting documentation that demonstrates continuing education in Emergency Management and General Management topics as well as professional contributions. For details, visit the recertification page.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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