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We will be performing scheduled maintenance on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 7:00 AM EST. This will be an EXTENDED OUTAGE. Service is expected to be restored by 4:00 PM EST. However, this could run over. During this time Independent Study exams will not be available. Please contact us if you experience any issues outside of this maintenance window.


*New Requirements

To reduce the risk of identity theft, FEMA, the National Fire Academy (NFA), and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) are eliminating the use of the Social Security Number (SSN), where possible when applying for training. FEMA has implemented the use of a Student Identification (SID) number. You will be required to obtain and use the SID in applying for NFA or EMI courses. This number will be used in place of the SSN on your application. Read more about this new application process.

How to apply for a FEMA Independent Study course (Online Course)

  • Register for a Student Identification Number (SID) if you have not done so already. How do I obtain my FEMA SID?
  • Select a course from our course list.
  • Review course materials by choosing any one of the options.
  • Select the "Take Final Exam Online" link (found on each Course Overview page).
  • Enter your SID and your additional Student Information.
  • Answer the exam questions and submit your answer choices.

How to apply for a course held at EMI (On-Campus Course)

Enrollment Policies / Eligibility

To take an EMI course, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each course. Participants may not take the same course more than once.

Enrollment in EMI courses is generally limited to U.S. residents, however, each year a limited number of international participants are accommodated. Please see for more information.

The NETC is an equal opportunity campus. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin, or disability in its admissions and participant-related policies and procedures. NETC actively encourages all qualified candidates to apply for all courses.

Application Procedures

All individuals, including FEMA employees, applying for EMI resident classes are required to register and obtain a Student Identification Number (SID). This number is used in place of the Social Security Number on the General Admissions Application Form (Find out how to obtain a FEMA SID at

Please follow the instructions below to apply for an EMI course.

  • Download and fill out the General Admission Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1 below
  • Complete and sign the application form (Please fill out all blanks on the form completely or it will be returned).
  • This application must be coordinated, reviewed, and approved by:
  • Send completed application(s) to:
    Admissions Office, Room I-216
    National Emergency Training Center
    16825 South Seton Avenue
    Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8998
    Phone: (301) 447 - 1035
    Fax: (301) 447 - 1658
  • NETC staff will review the applications and notify applicants regarding their status as noted above.
  • EMI will post any remaining vacancies on the EMI Web site and interested personnel may continue to apply. EMI will fill vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis.
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