FEMA Independent Study Courses

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CERT I Team Members:
IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates individuals about disaster preparedness and trains and organizes teams of volunteers that can support their communities during disasters. The CERT Program offers training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With proper CERT training, you can help protect your family, neighbors, and co-workers if a disaster occurs.

“Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT),” IS-317, is an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those interested in completing the basic CERT training or as a refresher for current team members. The course includes six modules: CERT Basics, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue, and Course Summary.

While IS-317 is useful as a primer or refresher for CERT training, it is not equivalent to, and cannot be used in place of, the classroom delivery of the CERT Basic Training. To become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by a local government agency such as the emergency management agency, fire or police department. Contact your local emergency manager to learn about the local education and training opportunities available to you. Let this person know about your interest in taking CERT training.

CERT II Team Members:
IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100

IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction

Incident Commander/Team Leader/Program Manager
IS-244.B: Developing and Managing Volunteers

IS-230.D: Fundamentals of Emergency Management

IS-15.B: Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies

IS-20.20: Diversity Awareness Course 2020

IS-701.A: NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS) Course

IS-706: NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid – An Introduction

IS-27: Orientation to FEMA Logistics

IS-26: Guide to Points of Distribution

Public Information Officer
IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness

IS-42: Social Media in Emergency Management

Professional Development
IS-240.A: Leadership & Influence

IS-241.B: Decision Making and Problem Solving

IS-242.B: Effective Communication

Additional Training
IS-5.A: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials