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*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.

Enrollment Policies / Eligibility

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

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.

Please familiarize yourself with the NETC Policy before visiting the campus.

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

Online Applications for Resident and Basic Academy Field-Delivered Courses

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will now be accepting online applications for the following courses that start on August 19, 2019 or later:

  • EMI resident courses ("E" courses)
  • Field deliveries of the National Emergency Management Basic Academy courses (L0101-0105 and L0110).

Applicants for these EMI courses should no longer submit a paper application form.

To apply, go to the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Online Admissions Application page to find a list of what is needed to complete the application process. Registration for any EMI course requires having a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number. To obtain a FEMA SID, go to the Student Identification System page.

Currently the NETC Online Admissions Application is not compatible with mobile devices.

For questions or assistance in using the new online system to apply for courses, contact NETC Admissions at (301) 447-1035 or send an email to

All Other Courses

Please follow the instructions below to apply for EMI courses that are not included in the Online Admissions Application process.

  • Download and fill out the General Admission Application, FEMA Form FF-USFA-FY-21-101 (formerly 119-25-0-1) 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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