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The National Emergency Management Advanced Academy

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

The Academy is designed for Emergency Management mid-level managers with a minimum of three (3) years-experience in an Emergency Management position wanting to advance their skillset. 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 Research Project one month prior to attending the final course.

The Research Project provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking abilities. Students apply the key learning concepts from the Advanced Academy curriculum relative to their own strengths and weaknesses, their organizations, and their own performance environments.

Target Audience

NEMAA is designed for emergency management professionals with a minimum of three years’ experience directly with an Emergency Management (EM) organization or three years’ experience with a significant role directly connected to the Profession of Emergency Management or a recognized EM organization; to include, but are not limited to Public Health, Higher Education, Medical, and Private Sector organizations or companies with a role in Emergencies and Disasters.

  • 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

Classroom Course Requirements:

The Advanced Academy program series consists of four (4) resident courses, each five (5) days in duration and completed during the current Federal fiscal year. Attendance at each course is required and must be attended in sequential order listed below. The courses are not offered individually and participants are selected by an annual selection board in June 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 and the quarter delivered are:

E0451 Advanced I – Application of Advanced Individual Concepts in EM (delivered 1st Quarter of the fiscal year – October, November and/or December)

E0452 Advanced II – Assessment of Teams in Professional Emergency Management (delivered 2nd Quarter of the fiscal year – January, February and/or March)

E0453 Advanced III – Contemporary Issues in the Emergency Management Organization (delivered 3rd Quarter of the fiscal year – April, May and/or June)

E0454 Advanced IV – Advanced Concepts and Policy in EM Profession (delivered 4th Quarter of the fiscal year – July, August and/or September)

For more information on the application process go to the Admission Page.

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement:

There is no cost for tuition.

Some individuals may be eligible for stipend reimbursement. or 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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