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Following a March 2020 announcement that it would temporarily suspend in-person, campus-based training delivery, and subsequent July 2020 announcement regarding training resumption, FEMA will not re-open its campuses on August 2, 2020, as anticipated.

FEMA's top priority remains the health and safety of FEMA employees, instructors, students, and visitors on campus, without compromising instruction quality and the student experience. Therefore, FEMA will suspend in-person training and education at both the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) and Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) through at least October 1.

FEMA will continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and communicate updates or changes in conditions that may affect reopening of FEMA campuses.

Independent Study Offices is currently experiencing technical difficulties and has a very limited capability to provide technical support. We expect this issue to be resolved no later than 12:00 EDT, tomorrow, 8/4/2020.

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-393.b Introduction to Hazard Mitigation 0.2
1.0 (when combined with IS-212.b and IS-2700)
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 n/a 10/31/2013
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
IS-450 Emergency Preparedness for Federal Employees 0.1
1.0 (when combined with IS-906, IS-907, IS-909, IS-912 and IS-914)
IS-450.NC Emergency Preparedness for Federal Employees in the National Capital Region 0.1 n/a 10/31/2013
IS-453 Introduction to Homeland Security Planning 0.2 n/a 10/31/2013
IS-505 Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster 0.4
1.0 (when combined with IS-20, IS-21 and IS-368)
IS-520 Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas 0.1
1.0 (when combined with IS 522)
IS-522 Exercising Continuity Plans for Pandemics 0.8
1.0 (when combined with IS 520)
IS-523 Resilient Accord – Exercising Continuity Plans for Cyber Incidents 0.3 1.0 4/16/2013
IS-525 Guardian Accord (GA) Workshop 0.4 1.0 2/28/2014
IS-545 Reconstitution Planning Course 0.4 1.0 8/11/2014
IS-551 Devolution Planning 0.2
1.0 (for a combination of IS-454, IS-551 and IS-1300)

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