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Notice: Independent Study Exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have a SID, register for one today: Please do not contact the Independent Study program office as they are unable to provide assistance with these requests.

If you have an inquiry regarding the FEMA Independent Study Program, NIMS or other Emergency Management Institute (EMI) related requests such as: requests for certificates, transcripts, online test scores/results, please contact the FEMA Independent Study program office at 301-447-1200 or email for further assistance. Please do not contact the FEMA SID Help Desk as they are unable to provide assistance with these requests.

IS Courses' CEUs and College Credits

Earn College Credit

Through the regional accreditation agencies, it is possible to earn transferable academic credit for completion of Independent Study courses. Frederick Community College (FCC) has assumed responsibility for the evaluation of EMI’s Independent Study courses. Courses meeting FCC’s academic standards become eligible for lower-division academic credit. To apply for college credit, you must successfully complete a course that is eligible for college credit. You can then submit an application with a fee to receive a personal copy of your college transcript. Two official copies may be directed to other institutions free of charge. For more information, visit

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

ISP courses are evaluated and awarded CEUs in accordance with the standards established by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). For additional information about IACET, please see their website at

Active and Reserve Members of the Military

Active duty members of some branches of the military may be eligible to apply the completion of ISP courses toward promotion and retention programs. Contact your personnel or education office to determine if this program is applicable to your career progression. Our experience indicates that the member is usually required to apply and pay for college credit before receiving consideration to apply his or her participation in the ISP toward promotion or retention points. Members of the Reserve components who are required to accumulate retirement and retention points are, in most cases, able to obtain credit for their work through the ISP.

* CEU: 0.1 CEU = 1 Contact Hour.

** CEU calculation is based on the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) standards. For additional information about IACET, please see their website at

*** College Credits are granted upon submission of application & payment. See "College Credit" for details.

**** Multiple courses must be completed in order to obtain 1 college credit.

Course Code Course Title CEUs* College Credits** Dev. Date
IS-815 ABCs of Temporary Emergency Power 0.2 n/a 12/27/2016
IS-820 Introduction to NRF Support Annexes 0.1 n/a 6/16/2009
IS-822 Fundamentals of Management and Support Coordination of Federal Disaster Operations 0.4 1.0 11/27/2013
IS-830 Introduction to NRF Incident Annexes 0.1
1.0 (when combined with IS-860.c, IS-913.a, and IS-921.a)
IS-836 Nuclear/Radiological Incident Annex 0.1 n/a 3/26/2009
IS-841.a NEMIS HMGP System: Overview and Startup 0.1 n/a 1/10/2018
IS-842.a NEMIS HMGP System: Enter the HMGP Application 0.2 1.0 7/13/2015
IS-843.a NEMIS HMGP System: Project Eligibility Determination 0.1 n/a 1/10/2018
IS-844.a NEMIS HMGP System: Managing Project Tasks 0.1 n/a 1/10/2018
IS-845.a NEMIS HMGP System: Oversight and Closeout 0.1 n/a 1/10/2018
IS-860.c The National Infrastructure Protection Plan, An Introduction 0.2
1.0 (when combined with IS-830, IS-913.a, and IS-921.a)
IS-870.a Dams Sector: Crisis Management 0.2 n/a 7/2/2014
IS-871.a Dams Sector: Security Awareness 0.2
1.0 (when combined with IS-872.a)
IS-872.a Dams Sector: Protective Measures 0.2
1.0 (when combined with IS-871.a)
IS-906 Workplace Security Awareness 0.1
1.0 when in combination with (IS-450, IS-907, IS-909, IS-912 and IS-914)

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