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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.

Master Public Information Officer Program

Program Description

The Master Public Information Officer Program is a three-course series that prepares public information officers for an expanded role in delivering public information and warning using a strategic whole community approach.

The program reinforces the qualities needed to lead whole community public information/external affairs programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and uses case studies to enhance public information/external affairs skill sets. MPIOP participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers.

MPIOP participants will contribute to the body of knowledge for emergency management related public information. This includes evaluation of leadership, group dynamics and functional best practices of joint information centers (JICs) by monitoring student activity during advanced public information officer course offerings.

Master PIO student papers can be found at this link.

E0389 – Master Public Information Officer Part 1

E0393 – Master Public Information Officer Part 2

E0394 – master Public information Officer Part 3


  • Demonstrate how to use networking to influence programs, organizations and environments by conducting a networking activity;
  • Describe how to explain to stakeholders the importance of engaging community executives in communications planning by applying the whole community concept to an analytical activity;
  • Assess science-based research methods available to grow the Public Information body of knowledge by drafting initial ideas for the individual capstone project;
  • Examine leadership lessons by participating in a group Executive Reading session;
  • Apply the basic concepts of Disaster Behavioral Health by analyzing a case study;
  • Promote public information training and exercises in the organization and community by developing a community or agency specific training and exercises plan;
  • Contrast strategic and executive concepts for a public information case study; and
  • Implement the next steps of the Master Public Information Officer program.


  • Discuss organizational analysis in preparation for analysis of a joint information center functional exercise;
  • Discuss techniques for analyzing interpersonal relationships within a Joint Information Center during a functional exercise;
  • Design a process for analyzing a joint information center functional exercise;
  • Analyze a functional exercise for personnel management trends, best practices leadership practice;
  • Evaluate interpersonal relationships as they pertain to joint information center practice during a functional exercise;
  • Design a report outlining results of the functional exercise analysis that will contribute to the public information body of knowledge.


  • Develop body of knowledge report through consolidated review of multiple joint information center functional exercise analysis reports;
  • Propose how strategic PIO leaders coordinate the actions of stakeholders and emergency management agencies to achieve a common purpose; and
  • Design, Develop and implement a research project to contribute to the public information body of knowledge.


MPIOP is for public information officers with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a full time public information officer with a demonstrated sphere of influence capable of advancing the relevance of whole community external affairs.

Application Process

The National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Admissions Branch will start accepting applications for the Master Public Information Officer Program (MPIOP) from April 6 – June 26 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Cohort. A formal selection board will convene to review the application packages with an announcement of the results made to applicants in September.

There are a limited number of spaces for the Cohort and applications are expected to be very competitive in nature.  Applicants are encouraged to review all selection and application requirements before submitting their application package.

Application packages will be reviewed by the selection committee.  Applications must be submitted through the online registration system and must have the Application Package document and your E/L0388 certificate attached to the online registration.  Any attachments other than the required Application Package documents will not be considered.  Incomplete application packages will not be considered by the selection panel.

Click here to access the Applications Package document.  This one document which is a fillable PDF Form needs to be attached to your online application.

This form includes:

  • Candidate Information 
  • A cover letter requesting consideration for admission to the program and specifying the applicant’s qualifications and expectations of the program. 
  • Resume
  • Master Public Information Officer Program Commitment Statement.  This indicates commitment to complete the entire program, which consists of the three resident courses at EMI and the MPIOP Paper.   There are 3 date options for the E0393 course in this section.  Please indicate which date you prefer for this course if selected into the Program. 
  • Master Public Information Officer Program Questionnaire
  • A Recommendation letter from your Supervisor.
  • Signatures.  This page has a location for the electronic signatures of both the applicant and the applicant’s supervisor. 

Once the Application Package is complete with attachments and signatures, save the document as a PDF file with the following file naming convention: 

  • LastnameFirstname.MPIOP.FY21.  Example:  PolitanoPhilip.MPIOP.FY21

The final step is to apply through the online admissions system.  Attach the completed Application Package and a copy of your E/L0388 Completion Certificate as separate attachments within the online application.

Click here for instructions on filling out the online applications form.

Application Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following requirements:

  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a full-time PIO
  • Basic PIO instructional experience
  • Substantial continuing service and commitment to the field
  • Sphere of influence to advance whole community external affairs

Tentative Course Dates for FY21

  • E0389 – December 7-10, 2020
  • E0393 – January 25-29,2021
    • April 26-30, 2021
    • August 2-6, 2021
  • E0394 – Sep 20-23, 2021

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

There is no cost for tuition. Some individuals may be eligible for stipend reimbursement.
For information about travel reimbursement eligibility and procedures, see the NETC Welcome Package at: If you have any questions about your eligibility to receive a stipend, please contact Admissions either by email at or by phone at 301-447-1035.


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


  • 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 questions on the application process please contact

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