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We will be performing server maintenance beginning Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 8:00 AM EST. Service is expected to be restored by 9:00 AM EST. However, this could run over. During this time Independent Study exams will not be available. Please contact us if you experience any issues outside of this maintenance window.

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-325 Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation 0.1 n/a 10/31/2013
IS-326 Community Tsunami Preparedness 0.6 n/a 10/31/2013
IS-328 Plan Review for Local Mitigation Plans 0.4 1.0 10/31/2013
IS-331 Introduction to Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Exercise Evaluation 1 1.0 10/31/2013
IS-346 An Orientation to Hazardous Materials for Medical Personnel 1 1.0 10/31/2013
IS-360 Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship 0.3 1.0 6/24/2013
IS-362.a Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools 0.3 1.0 10/31/2013
IS-366.a Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters 0.6 1.0 12/9/2015
IS-368 Including People With Disabilities & Others With Access & Functional Needs in Disaster Operations 0.2
1.0 (when combined with IS-20.17, IS-21.17 and IS-505)
IS-386 Introduction to Residential Coastal Construction 1.4 1.0 10/31/2013
IS-393.b Introduction to Hazard Mitigation 0.2 1.0 6/15/2017
IS-394.a Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster 1 1.0 10/31/2013
IS-395 FEMA Risk Assessment Database 0.2
1.0 (when combined with IS-212.b and IS-559)
IS-403 Introduction to Individual Assistance (IA) (DF-103) 0.1 n/a 5/12/2010
IS-405 Overview of Mass Care/Emergency Assistance 0.1 n/a 12/10/2013

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