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Advanced Professional Series (APS)

The ability to perform essential work in a disaster requires skills in emergency operations and management. These skills may be developed through this series of courses that offers “how to” training focused on practical information. This series emphasizes applied skills in disaster operations, management and coordination.

The original Advanced Professional Series (APS) course lineup was first established on November 27, 2001, to motivate and challenge students to continue emergency management training. Courses include practical skills from the whole spectrum of emergency management and disaster duties.

APS Course Application Process

Required Courses

G775 - EOC Management and Operations, or IS775 EOC Management and Operations
G191 - Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface, or E947 EOC/IMT Interface or E/L449 ICS Train the Trainer*
G557 (G250.7) - Rapid Assessment Workshop,
G205 - Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role, or L205 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role*, E210 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role*
G393 or G318- Mitigation for Emergency Managers or Local Mitigation Planning, either Mitigation course will satisfy the APS requirements

Elective Courses (choose any 5)

G288 - Local Volunteer and Donations Management
G364 - Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools, or L363 Multi-Hazard Planning for Higher Education*
IS703 - NIMS Resource Management, (Independent Study)
G202 - Debris Management, or E/L202 Debris Management Planning for State, Local and Tribal Officials*
G386 - Mass Fatalities
G361 - Flood Fight Operations
G110 - Emergency Management Operations Course for Local Governments, or one of the following IEMC courses E900, E905, E910, E915, E920, E930, E945 and E947*
G108 - Community Mass Care and Emergency Assistance
G358 - Evacuation and Re-entry Planning
G290 - Basic Public Information Officers, or E388 Advanced Public Information Officer or E/L952 All Hazards Public Information Officer*
G271 - Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness, or IS271 - Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, (Independent Study)
G272 - Warning Coordination
E/L/G/K 146 - Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
G366 - Planning for the Needs of Children in Disaster
G235 - Emergency Planning
E/L/G 0141 Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills

* All substitute E or L courses are subject to the Approval of the State Training Officer.

Requesting a Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion

Students who complete the 5 required courses and any 5 of 15 elective courses are eligible to receive the EMI Advanced Professional Series Certificate of Completion.

Certificate Request

Requests for the certificate of completion must be sent first to the state emergency management agency for verification. Include proof of attendance, either a copy of a completion certificate or transcript, of each course completed.

Original Required Courses as Optional Credit

The required courses of the original lineup will remain as optional credit for persons in mid-stream taking the original series. Students who have taken any or all of the original required courses will therefore not forfeit anything and can use those courses as credit for required courses. State Training Officers can continue to use any of the original required courses to suit their needs. The G197 has been removed from the APS lineup and individuals will receive credit for courses taken prior to September 30, 2013.


It is recommended that individuals take IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 800 and/or the Professional Development Series (PDS) to have a better understanding of the concepts of the Advance Professional Series.

For Further Information

If you would like further information or have questions, please contact Paul Benyeda at or by phone at (301)-447-1326.

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