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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.

Before You Begin: Technical Information

Based on which option you choose to take IS course (downloadable materials or interactive web-based version if available, tables below provide the system requirements for successful accessing and viewing materials.

System Requirements

For IS Courses hosted on EMI Learning Site¹

Operating SystemBrowser Type and Version ²Download Plug-ins³Pop-up Blocker(s)


(XP, 2000 or above)

IE 6 through IE 10

Firefox 1.5

MS Office Viewer (Word, PPT, Excel etc.)

Adobe PDF Reader 7.07 or above

Macromedia Flash Player 7 or above



(OS X)

Firefox 1.5

Adobe PDF Reader for Mac

Macromedia Flash Player 7 or above


¹ For iMac and dial-up users, it is encouraged to use this option to access course materials.

² TLS must be enabled in your web browser. works with any combination of the following protocols enabled: TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and/or TLS 1.2.

³ Plug-ins are free downloads.

If you have accessibility problems viewing any PDF document on these pages, go to and use the online conversion tools to obtain the document in text format.

Download directions are also available with each course. It is recommended that the user download the course material files and view them off-line at their convenience, saving time and money for Internet connect charges.

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