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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Who can take FEMA’s Independent Study Courses? Who can teach Independent Study Courses?


    The primary audience for the Independent Study Program is first responders, EMS personnel and US citizens. The Independent Study Program has no requirements for instructors to teach our courses; however, we do suggest the instructor is familiar with the course materials before teaching the course. Reviewing the material, taking and passing the exam online and reviewing any classroom materials provided are suggested ways to familiarize yourself with the material. All exams must be submitted online at

  2. My agency directs that I take IS 701, what do I do?


    IS 701 is not a FEMA NIMS training requirement. Consult with your agency for further details. Information about MACS can be found at
  3. Why is IS 701 being inactivated and will it return?


    IS 701 is not current with National Preparedness System doctrine. In light of the NIMS revision, EMI will examine all NIMS curriculum to determine our future approach to NIMS training course.
  4. I am in charge of my church's safety and security team. There has been a real movement over the past year for many churches in our area and other places as well to establish these teams. Local LEO's and some EMA folks are behind this as well. We are looking for guidance and training.


    Great to see emergency planning for houses of worship.

    EMI maintains an independent study program course titled IS-360 Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship The course provides resources from many organizations to include private sector.

    How to Assess the Safety and Security of Your Place of Worship: is one some have found helpful but there are many others resources as you access the course.

    We also have the IS-907 Active Shooter: What You Can Do with additional resources.

  5. How can I get college credit for the Independent Study courses I've done?


    Lower division (100), academic credit is granted by Frederick Community College (FCC). For details, see the “How to Apply” section at

  6. Can I know the questions that were wrong on a Final Exam? What was my score?


    Exams are scored in an automated system to eliminate the opportunity for scoring errors. In order to maintain the integrity of our courses we do not distribute test scores or questions missed. Our exams are based upon pass/fail criteria with the benchmark for successful completion set at 75%.

  7. When will I receive my certificate? My electronic certificate is not working, how do I fix it?


    Upon successful completion, you will receive an email within 1-2 business days that confirms your transcript has been updated and a link to create your electronic certificate. The certificate will be in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Adobe Reader is required to open the certificate. If you do not have this software, it can be obtained as a free download at

    Due to a situation with Office 365 where a service titled Safe Link may have been enabled by your Office 365 administrator, you could receive a certificate link that will not function properly. If the link you see in your email from EMI contains text similar to "", please contact your local technical department and ask that they allow links from EMI to pass through your email system unchanged.

    If your organization is using Office 365, please reach out to your IT department and ask that they allow links from EMI to pass through unchanged.

    The pattern required will be

    More information regarding correcting this issue can be found at these links and*

    *FEMA does not endorse any outside entity. Links are provided for informational purposes only.

    In order to ensure that your transcript accurately reflects your course completions, the Independent Study Office may email you to request additional information. Your attention to these types of requests is important to make certain that your exam submission is processed correctly.

    Please ensure that you are running the latest version of Adobe Reader and using Internet Explorer as your web browser.

    If you need assistance, please contact the EMI Independent Study office at

    Click here to download instructions on how to "Saving your certificate" and "Copy and paste link".

  8. Is there anywhere on the website that I can view my completions? How can I get a record of my Independent Study course completions?


    Our current system does not offer student’s the capability to view their completions online. You can request copies of certificates or a student transcript by calling the EMI Independent Study office at 301-447-1200. If you would like an Official Transcript please access the IS Transcript Request form at

    You cannot request an official transcript by phone. *Please note that IS transcripts issued by the Independent Study Office do NOT reflect college credits that have been purchased from Frederick Community College.

  9. I retook a course but my certificate still has the original completion date. How do I get a new certificate with the date I retook the course?


    Independent Study Program course certificates never expire. If you want to refresh your skills, you may retake the exam; however, our system will not re-score the exam and the original date of completion will remain on your certificate of completion.

    If you are trying to submit an exam for a course that is required to be taken each year, please see our course list at and look for courses with a yearly suffix. (Example: IS-19.14 where .14 indicates 2014).

  10. What are the technical system requirements needed to complete my courses?


    Please see our Before you Begin: technical requirements at

  11. How do I report improper conduct or cheating on IS tests?


    Organizations/Agencies are encouraged to institute procedures to ensure that students are completing exams for EMI's Independent Study courses through their own individual efforts.

    Individuals within an organization who feel that test answers are being improperly provided should follow that organization's procedures for reporting unethical conduct.

    In accordance with NETC Instruction 1100.1, if a student is found to have cheated on an exam, the penalty may include--but is not limited to--expulsion; foreclosure from future classes for a specified period; forfeiture of certificate for course/courses enrolled in at NETC or NTC; or all of the above. A letter notifying the student’s sponsor of the individual's misconduct will be sent by the appropriate official at NETC. Upon written request by the individual’s sponsor, information from and/or copies of the statements from the individual and witnesses, police reports, and NETC or NTC security reports may be made available to the individual’s sponsor for the purpose of determining if disciplinary action is appropriate by the sponsoring organization. For more information on Conduct on the NETC and NTC Campus please see access this link.

  12. Do I need to apply for a FEMA SID to complete IS courses?


    Yes. As of April 1, 2015 you, will be required to use a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number. Follow these steps to register for a SID

  13. Do I need a user name/password to take IS courses?


    No, a user name and password is NOT required to complete an IS course. Please see the How do I take an Independent Study course online FAQ for more information.
  14. Are EMI Course materials copyrighted?


    Unless otherwise indicated in the course materials, under 17 USC § 105 these government produced materials are not afforded copyright protection and are within the public domain. Changes to original EMI content are not authorized by EMI. When using EMI curriculum materials or portions there of, agencies, organizations and individuals should cite EMI as the originator of the material. The materials should not be used or displayed by non-federal entities in a manner or way which states or implies endorsement of a user’s products or services by the Federal Government. Please click this link to find out more information.
  15. What do these other Course Codes (B, E, G, IS, L, K, Q) stand for?



    Resident courses held at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Noble Training Center


    Resident courses held at the NETC campus


    State/Local/Tribal Field-delivered courses


    Independent Study courses


    Resident courses held off-site


    Self-paced training using the World Wide Web (Master Trainer Program—Evaluation of Training)


    NFA Online-

  16. How do I take an Independent Study course online?


    Click on ISP Course List and select your course from the list.

    Review course materials by choosing any one of the options in the "Take This Course" box on the right-hand side of the page.

    Submit your final exam online. You will be enrolled in the course when you submit your final exam answers online.

    You will receive an email confirmation at the email address provided on your final exam submission within 1-2 business days for the course.

  17. How will I know when new courses are released or a course has been revised? Can I get on a list that will allow me to be automatically enrolled in new IS courses as they come out?


    You may sign-up for our Gov Delivery service to receive the latest news on new and updated courses. To sign up or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your e-mail address at: We also recommend that you visit our homepage: frequently. As new courses become available they will be posted there.

  18. How can I pursue a degree in emergency management?


    Visit, and choose "College Courses" from the menu on the left side of the page. There you will find information on schools offering programs under EMI's Higher Education Project.

  19. Which Independent Study Courses are included in the Professional Development Series (PDS)? When I complete all the courses in the PDS Series, what do I need to do to receive my certificate?


    The Professional Development Series includes seven Emergency Management Institute Independent Study courses that provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for those in the emergency management profession. When a student has completed all courses in the series, the Independent Study Program Office automatically issues a certificate of completion, via email, directly to the student at the email address that was provided during the last test submission. Please allow 1-2 business days to receive the email. The courses, in recommended order of completion, are:

  20. What should I do if I have problems downloading materials or submitting my online exam?


    Please see our Before you Begin: technical requirements at

    If problem still exists, please send email to with a detailed error description.

  21. Why does my computer lock up or Next button grayed out when I take courses online?


    This issue is most likely related to your PC settings. Please see our Before you Begin: technical requirements at

    If problem still exists, please send email to with a detailed error description.

  22. When I click on Take Final Exam I am receiving: Internet Explorer Cannot Display the Webpage. What is causing this?


    If you are able to get to different sections of the website, but cannot access the final exams, please try the following: Enable TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, or TLS 1.2 and/or SSL 2.0 or SSL 3.0. requires one of these protocols to be selected in your web browser's settings.

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