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On April 1st, 2015 the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will begin to use the FEMA Student Identification (SID) number when submitting your Independent Study (IS) final exam. You must continue to use your SSN or Alternate ID number until April 1st; however, we recommend registering a FEMA SID today: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid.

IS-524: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planner's Workshop

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Course Overview

The Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planner’s Workshop is to provide COOP training for Continuity Planners at the Federal, State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal levels of government. Federal Continuity Directive (FCD) 1 directs the Federal executive branch departments and agencies and offers guidance for non-federal, in governments for developing COOP Plans and Programs. COOP Plans facilitate the performance of essential functions during any situation which may disrupt normal operations. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with the tools and hands-on experience necessary to improve your departments’ or agencies’ Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Correctly recognize the background and policy regarding continuity that affects development of continuity plans for reference in plan development.
  • Develop a strategy to create a continuity plan using available requirements, guidance and tools.
  • Recognize and incorporate the all key elements of a viable continuity capability into an outline for their continuity plan.
  • Explain the four phases of continuity and relate their application to the continuity planning process in your organization.
  • Recognize factors that affect plan maintenance and distribution strategies based upon factors identified through best practices, requirements and guidance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and strategies for developing , implementing and updating a continuity plan and adheres to requirements and guidance by passing the final exam with at least a score of 70%.

Primary Audience

Federal Government employees responsible for managing a Continuity of Operations Program. There is no stipend for non-federal attendees.


Successful completion of Continuity Program Managers Train-the-Trainer Course (E/L 548) or IS 547 Introduction to Continuity of Operations



Course Length:

5 hours
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Take Final Exam
  • Take Final Exam Online
  • Please note that the IS Program does not accept the FEMA SID when completing your test. Please use your SSN as directed in the test form. Those individuals that do not wish to use their SSN may request an Alternate ID number
  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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