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FY20 courses are full, applications are no longer being accept

How to Apply

The annual application period opens May 1 and closes July 1.

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Application Procedures

  1. Complete all 10 pre-requisites.
  2. Complete FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admission Application.
  3. Submit a narrative document that outlines your current job description, role in agency/jurisdictions exercise program, chronological listing of all major exercises in which you have participated in as a member of the exercise design or evaluation team. This experience should reflect 3-5 years.
  4. Submit a letter of support from your direct supervisor outlining your role in your agency’s exercise program and an acknowledgement of the commitment of the course, specifically the operations-based Capstone requirement.

Individuals Eligible for Reimbursement:

  • State, local, or tribal government representatives.
  • Recognized volunteer organization representatives.
  • Active emergency management organization representatives.
  • Representatives from state or local fire organizations.

If you do not apply for a stipend reimbursement within 60 days following the course start date, your stipend reimbursement will be denied.

Individuals Not Eligible for Stipend Reimbursement:

  • Federal government. (Federal students are subject to federal travel regulations and travel under orders prepared by their office.)
  • Private industry employees.
  • Employees who are contracted to federal, state, or local government entities (such as rural-metro departments).
  • Representatives of a foreign organization.
  • For EMI only: students eligible for federally funded grants.

Contact NETC Admissions at (301) 447-1035 if you have additional questions regarding your eligibility.

Submitting Your Application Package

If you are eligible for reimbursement, you must forward your entire application package following the steps below:

  • Submit the items above to the appropriate State Emergency Management Agency for prioritization and endorsement by the State Training Officer or their designee.
  • The State Emergency Management Agency will then forward it the application package(s) to the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.  The FEMA Regional Training Manager (RTM) will provide further prioritization and endorse applicants. 
  • FEMA RTM will submit prioritized list of applicants from each FEMA Region to NETC Admissions.
  • NETC Admissions will review applications for completeness and forward to EMI/Integrated Emergency Management Branch (IEMB) for review.
  • EMI/IEMB reviewed and prioritized list will be provided to EMI Superintendent
  • Final MEPP Candidate Selections made.
  • Candidate formally receives a letter of acceptance from NETC and EMI

Note: If NETC admission receives an application without an STO signature, the application will be returned to the applicant.

If you are not eligible for reimbursement, submit your application to NETC Admissions.

NETC Admissions
Admissions Office, Room I-216
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8998
Phone: (301)447-1035
Fax: (301)447-1658
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Application Review Process and Timeline

The review process for the MEPP Candidates will be conducted between July 15-30 annually. The process is a collaborative effort between EMI and the FEMA Regions. EMI will convene a Review Board and, if additional information is needed, will contact and discuss the application packets with the appropriate FEMA Regional Office. The Review Board will provide the Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute with MEPP candidate recommendations, to include the original prioritized ranking of application packets received from the FEMA Regional Training Managers. The Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute will make the final decision regarding the candidate(s) acceptance into the Master Exercise Practitioner Program.

NETC Admissions will notify applicants regarding their status by mid-August. If you have not received information via email or mail as to your MEPP status by that time, you may contact the NETC Admissions Office at (301) 447-1035 or toll free (800) 238-3358, extension 1035.

Wait List

For the NETC Admissions Office to maintain a current waiting list for the MEP Program, EMI resident MEPP application packages will be valid only for the MEPP Series within the Federal Fiscal Year in which they are submitted and for the MEPP Series numbers indicated on the FEMA Form 119-25-1. After that time, your package will be invalid. You will need to apply during the next open application period with a NEW and updated application package. Please note application requirements change annual, so re-submitting an outdated application will result in it being returned.

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is an element of the FEMA’s Protection and National Preparedness (PNP) Directorate.

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