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How to Apply to the FY21 National Emergency Management Executive Academy

The National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Admissions Branch will start accepting applications for the Executive Academy from April 6 – May 31 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Cohort. 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 the 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. Executive 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
    • Executive Academy Commitment Statement.  This indicates commitment to complete the entire program, which consists of the four resident courses at EMI and the NEMEA Capstone project. (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.EA.FY21.  Example:  SmithJessica.EA.FY21
  4. The final step is to apply through the online admissions system.  Attach the completed Application Package within the online application.

Click here for instructions on filling out the online applications form.

Application Selection Criteria

Our admissions committee will select the most qualified applicants while ensuring a mixture of communities of practices. Applicants will be rated based on:

  • Current position and responsibilities
  • Executive-level emergency management leadership experience
  • Past and projected contributions to emergency management policy
  • Capacity to benefit from and positively influence the Executive Academy and the Cohort experience

Tentative Course Dates for FY21

Cohort FY21

  • E0680 – October 19-22, 2020
  • E0682 – February 22-25, 2021
  • E0684 – May 17-20, 2021
  • E0686 – August 16-19, 2021

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

There is no cost for tuition. Some individuals may be eligible for stipend reimbursement.

  • 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 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.

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