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How to Apply to the FY21 National Emergency Management Advanced Academy

The National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Admissions Branch will start accepting applications for the Advanced Academy from April 6 – May 31 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Cohorts. A formal selection board will convene to review the application packages with an announcement of the results made to applicants in July.

There are a limited number of spaces for each Cohort and applications are expected to be very competitive in nature. Applicants should first look at the entire Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) website to gauge for which Academy they are best suited. Advanced Academy Applicants are encouraged to review all selection and application requirements before submitting their application package.

Application packages will be reviewed by the selection committee.  Applications must be submitted through the online registration system and must have the Application Package document attached to the online registration.  Any attachments other than the required Application Package documents will not be considered.  Incomplete application packages will not be considered by the selection panel.

  1. Complete the following two documents to be uploaded into the Application Package:
    • A cover letter requesting consideration for admission to the program and specifying the applicant’s qualifications and expectations of the program.
    • A letter of Recommendation from a Supervisor.
  2. Click here to access the Applications Package document. This document needs to be downloaded and saved to your PC prior to filling it out. This one document which is a fillable PDF Form needs to be attached to your online application.

    This form includes:

    • Candidate Information (must be signed) – Insert the cover letter in this section
    • Supervisor Recommendation (must be signed) – insert the Supervisor’s Letter of Recommendation in this section
    • Resume
    • Advanced Academy Commitment Statement.  This indicates commitment to complete the entire program, which consists of the four resident courses at EMI and the NEMAA Paper. (must be signed by candidate and supervisor)
    • Academy Questionnaire
  3. Once the Application Package is complete with attachments and signatures, save the document as a PDF file with the following file naming convention:  LastnameFirstname.AA.FY21.  Example:  JonesRobert.AA.FY21
  4. The final step is to apply through the online admissions system.  Attach the completed Application Package within the online application.
  5. Click here for instructions on filling out the online applications form.

Application Selection Criteria

  • Applications will be evaluated based on the following requirements:
  • A minimum of five (5) years in an Emergency Management position
  • Project and group Emergency Management commitment and leadership
  • Substantial continuing service and commitment to the field of Emergency Management
  • Whole community representation

Tentative Course Dates for FY21

Cohort FY21-1

  • E0451 – October 26-30, 2020
  • E0452 – February 1-5, 2021
  • E0453 – April 19-23, 2021
  • E0454 – August 2-6, 2021

Cohort FY21-2

  • E0451 – November 2-6, 2020
  • E0452 – February 8-12, 2021
  • E0453 – April 26-30, 2021
  • E0454 – August 9-13, 2021

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

There is no cost for tuition. Some individuals 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.

Important: Once you have been enrolled in E0451 (first course in the series), you will automatically be enrolled in the next course in the Advanced Academy series until you reach the final (E0454) course. If you do not wish to continue in the academy after being accepted to the program and enrolled in E0451, you must contact NETC admissions and request to be dis-enrolled from the program. Likewise, if you were automatically enrolled in any course and the dates do not work for you, please contact admissions and request an alternate date.
For questions on the application process please contact

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