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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  1. What is the cost to attend the EMPP courses?

    Answer:

    There is no tuition associated with the courses. Most students who are enrolled in the courses will be housed on-campus at no costs. Once notified from the NETC Admissions Office of enrollment, you will schedule your flight and purchase a meal ticket. You will be responsible for costs related to travel and food. If you qualify, you may be eligible for stipend reimbursement for travel related costs. Please contact the NETC Admissions Office for questions related to lodging, travel, purchase of the meal ticket, and stipend reimbursement at 301-447-1035 or email, .
  2. Do I have to take the academies in order, starting with the Basic Academy?

    Answer:

    No, you can apply for the academies based on years of EM experience, please review the target audience for each academy on the EMPP webpage.
  3. Can I substitute a G (state course) course or college level course for any EMPP courses?

    Answer:

    Unfortunately you cannot substitute any course for the EMPP curriculum. In the Basic Academy, we recently replaced E/L0104 Exercise Design with E/K/L0146 HSEEP; either of these courses will meet the requirement towards the Basic Academy completion certificate.
  4. Are the Academy completion certificates recognized as an industry-wide certification program, similar to the higher education institutes of learning?

    Answer:

    The EMPP curriculum is not considered a higher education certification; it is a professional development program based on years of experience in the emergency management field. However, most of the courses are ACE accredited and you can apply the training hours towards the AEM or CEM.
  5. Can I take the EMPP courses on-line?

    Answer:

    Traditionally, the EMPP courses are residential, you can take the classes at EMI in Emmitsburg, MD or if offered by the state. Courses have been offered virtually during the pandemic; however, the goal is to offer in person training. The Executive Academy is not offered in the state.
  6. Do I have to take the Basic Academy courses in order and can I just enroll in one course?

    Answer:

    We recommend taking the Basic Academy courses in order, but is not a requirement. Most of the students complete E0101 in 5 days and then come back to EMI later to complete E0102-E0105. It is recommended to take all of the courses, but you can enroll in an individual class to accommodate your busy schedule. There is no time limit to complete the Basic Academy courses.
  7. Do I have to take the Executive Academy in order and can I just enroll in one course?

    Answer:

    Students are normally required to take the four Executive Academy courses in order. Considerations will be made for students due to emergency situations to take the courses out of order. Students are not allowed to enroll in a single course.
  8. What if I’m not selected the Executive Academy?

    Answer:

    If your application is not selected for the Executive Academy, it will be referred to the Basic and Advanced Academy selection board for review.
 
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