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COVID-19 Information for National Emergency Training Center Students

Note: effective July 28, 2021, all Federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status or level of COVID transmission in your local area, are required to wear a mask inside all DHS workspaces and Federal buildings.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to monitor the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to COVID-19. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is encouraging organizations to promote social distancing, hold meetings via videoconferencing, reduce non-essential travel, and adjust or postpone events and gatherings. We also continue to evaluate the local and national situation and will provide regular updates.

Students will be notified in advance concerning the status of their on-campus course offering.

We thank you for your understanding, and we invite you to visit our extensive catalog of Independent Study Courses as well as classroom courses available by virtual delivery.

The National Emergency Management Advanced Academy

The National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA) reinforces the qualities needed to lead emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and utilizes appropriate case studies. NEMAA participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers.

Who Should Apply

NEMAA is designed for Emergency Management mid-level managers with five (5) years of experience in the Emergency Management profession with a significant role directly connected to the Profession of Emergency Management or a recognized EM organization; to include, but not limited to Public Health, Higher Education, Medical, and Private Sector organizations or companies with a role in Emergencies and Disasters. Examples of this experience include:

  • Employed or directly connected (ex. Volunteer) with Emergency Management (EM) (Examples: Federal, Military, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial and Consortium EM Agencies)
  • Directly Connected with the Profession of Emergency Management (EM) or a Recognized EM Organization (Examples: Public Health, Higher Education, School Systems, NGOs, Private Sector Business Continuity/EM)

Students learn skills critical to performing emergency management responsibilities, such as: program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking, along with completing a NEMAA Paper prior to attending the third course.

Classroom Course Requirements:

The NEMAA program series consists of four (4) resident courses that are each five (5) days in duration and completed during the current Federal fiscal year, as well as completing a comprehensive paper prior to graduation. Attendance at each course is required and must be attended in sequential order listed below. The courses are not offered individually, and participants must apply and be selected by an annual evaluation board with the first of four classes starting during the first quarter (October, November and/or December) of the fiscal year. A list of the courses includes:

  • E/L0451 Advanced I – Application of Advanced Individual Concepts in EM
  • E/L0452 Advanced II – Assessment of Teams in Professional Emergency Management
  • E/L0453 Advanced III – Contemporary Issues in the Emergency Management Organization
  • E/L0454 Advanced IV – Advanced Concepts and Policy in EM Profession

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement:

  • There is no cost for tuition.
  • Some individuals taking courses at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland may be eligible for stipend reimbursement.
  • For information about travel reimbursement eligibility and procedures, see the NETC Welcome Package at:
  • If you have any questions about your eligibility to receive a stipend, please contact Admissions either by email at or by phone at 301-447-1035.


  • State, local or tribal government representatives.
  • Recognized volunteer organization representatives.
  • Active emergency management organization representatives.
  • Representatives from state or local fire organizations.


  • Federal government. (Federal students are subject to federal travel regulations and travel under orders prepared by their office.)
  • Private industry employees.
  • Employees who are contracted to federal, state or local government entities (such as rural-metro departments).
  • Representatives of a foreign organization.

For more information about the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, contact

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