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Planning Practitioner Program

Professional level program for emergency management planning practitioners who conduct operational planning

Curricula for Operational Planners

The risk landscape is ever-evolving in size and complexity. As such, the aptitude of operational planning professionals to conceptualize and solve future risks has never been more challenging

Deliberate planning enables a jurisdiction to mitigate loss and improve outcomes from hazards, threats, and risks. The Planning Practitioner Program (PPP) mission is to improve the capabilities of emergency management planning.

This program of instructor-led courses allow planners to further develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform effectively as lead planners and planning program managers. PPP candidates will apply the concepts learned in the classroom to improve planning activities conducted within their jurisdiction and strengthen the vertical integration of emergency management planning at all levels of government.

Program Requirements

The Planning Practitioner Program (PPP) is a series of two (2) resident courses (E0237: and E0238) that are each five (5) days in length, as well as Online Planning Practitioner Capstone (K0243). The courses are not offered individually, and candidates must complete the two classroom courses in sequential order. Participants must apply and be selected by an annual evaluation board with the first of the two courses being offered the first quarter of the fiscal year. See How to Apply section for more information on application procedures.

PPP candidates work within a collaborative environment on operational planning challenges and establish a network of peers. Candidates are selected from diverse professional backgrounds where they demonstrate their expertise at all levels of operational planning through in-class teach-backs, discussion, and the individual Planning Practitioner Capstone Project. Participants refine and practice skills critical to performing the phases of the planning process, such as stakeholder selection and engagement, risk analysis, forming solutions, addressing programmatic issues, and systems mapping. Candidates apply the key learning concepts from the PPP curriculum relative to their organizations and their own jurisdictional environments during the Capstone.

If accepted into the program, candidates must complete the courses with their assigned cohort in this order without exception: E0237, E0238, K0243. The learner must achieve a minimum passing score of 75% on final knowledge assessments and demonstrate learning in performance assessments and research assignments.

  • E0237: Planning Process Theory and Application

    • Planning Theory and application
    • Project Management in the Planning Process
    • Stakeholder selection and engagement
    • Problem mapping and comprehensive risk analysis
    • Complex Adaptive Systems in Emergency Management
    • Application of the six-step planning process
  • E0238: Planning Integration and Contemporary Issues

    • Planning Program Management
    • Standards and the evaluation of a planning program
    • Non-traditional partners and activities
    • External implications to the planning program
    • Advocating and advancing the EM planning profession
    • Research Project
  • K0243 PPP Capstone Presentation:

    Candidates will have one year to develop a planning project management plan, system map, and essay, and presentation for review to a panel of SME's. This will be conducted virtually via Adobe Connect at a pre-designed time slot indicated during the E238 course. Candidates will not receive their PPP Certificate until the K0243 Capstone is successfully completed.

Target Audience

The Planning Practitioner Program series is designed for experienced individuals with significant responsibility in operational planning programs. Student should have ongoing planning requirement within their current role. Ideal candidates will have at least 5 years of experience in emergency management planning activities, including:

  • Appointed emergency management staff from local, state, tribal, territorial, and Federal emergency management offices with current operational planning responsibilities.
  • Public safety or political appointees who currently conduct operational planning within the emergency management field.
  • Personnel serving in various emergency management disciplines (e.g., private sector, law enforcement, fire, public works, and public health) who have a substantial current operational planning responsibility.

Required Prerequisites

There are 9 total prerequisite courses required to apply to the Planning Practitioner Program (PPP).

The follow courses must be completed in their entirety prior to applying: IS236 (in development), IS100, IS200, IS230, IS235, IS240, IS242, IS700, IS800

As an alternative, a certificate of graduation from the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) Basic Academy from 2018, or later will satisfy the prerequisites for the PPP Program

  • IS-236: Introduction to Deliberate Planning

    Coming Soon

  • IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System

    Any version

  • IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

    Any version

  • IS-230: Fundamentals of Emergency Management

    Any version

  • IS-235: Emergency Planning

    Any version

  • IS-240: Leadership and Influencing

    Any version

  • IS-242: Effective Communication

    Any version

  • IS-700: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

    Any version

  • IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

    Any version

  • Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) Basic Academy

    A certificate of graduation from the Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) Basic Academy from 2018, or later will sastify the prerequisites for the PPP Program

Due to changes in policy and doctrine, independent study courses are frequently updated. It is recommended that you review the contents of the IS courses and look over the updated materials. If you have already passed the exam for the IS courses listed above and you choose to retake the exam, your completion certificate will reflect the date of your first completion, not the date you retake it.

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

There is no cost for tuition for the Planning Practitioner Program.

Some individuals taking courses at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland may be eligible for stipend reimbursement. For information about travel reimbursement eligibility and procedures, see the NETC Welcome Package.

Eligible for stipend reimbursement

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

Not eligible for 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.

Fiscal Year Schedule

The PPP classroom and capstone courses are typically scheduled as 2 cohort series within the fiscal year. The capstone K0243 course also includes a non-series specific schedule each year.

Classroom Course Fiscal Year 2024

  • Cohort 1
    • E0237: Oct 16-20, 2023
    • E0238: May 13-17, 2024
  • Cohort 2
    • E0237: Nov 13–17, 2023
    • E0238: Jun 10–14, 2024

Capstone Course Fiscal Year 2024

  • Cohort 1
    • K0243: TBD
  • Cohort 2
    • K0243: TBD
  • Non-Series Specific
    • K0243: TBD

Classroom Course Fiscal Year 2025

  • Cohort 1
    • E0237: Oct 21-25, 2024
    • E0238: June 09-13, 2025
  • Cohort 2
    • E0237: Nov 04–08, 2024
    • E0238: June 23–27, 2025

Capstone Course Fiscal Year 2025

  • Cohort 1
    • K0243: TBD, 2026
  • Cohort 2
    • K0243: TBD, 2026

How to Apply

  1. Verify Qualification

    • The application period is open annualy from April 1st to June 15th
    • Review and verify the candidacy requirements for seletion to the PPP Program
    • Complete all required prerequisites before applying for selection. Proof of prerequisite completion must be submitted with your application
  2. Prepare Required Documentation

    Prepare the following required documentation that must be attached and submitted to the E0237 course of your preferred cohort, using the online application

    The application package must include the following required documents:

    • Transcript of all qualifying prerequisites
    • A one-page narrative document outlining your current job description, role in agency/jurisdictions planning program
    • A one-page narrative statement requesting consideration for admission to the program and specifying the applicant’s qualifications, experience, and a summary of their current job duties. Sign this narrative statement to indicate your commitment to the 2-year timeframe to complete the program, including the Capstone presentation
    • A one-page letter of recommendation from a supervisor, noting they are aware of and support your participation in the program, including the K0243 PPP Capstone requirement
  3. Apply Online

    Candidates register though the NETC Online Admissions Application using their SID or PIV information

    • Submit all required documentation using the NETC Online Admissions system
    • NETC Admissions and EMI/IEMB will review applications for completeness and forward to the appropriate FEMA Region
    • FEMA Regions will submit prioritized list of applicants from each Region EMI/NETC Admissions.
    • EMI/IEMB reviewed and prioritized list will be provided to EMI Superintendent
    • Final PPP Candidate Selections made
    • Candidate formally receives a letter of acceptance from NETC and EMI in mid-August
  4. Complete the Application

    Once the selection review proccess has completed, You will be notified of the selection status via the email address provided during application

Candidate Selection Process

The review process for the PPP 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 student. The Review Board will provide the Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute with PPP candidate recommendations, to include the original prioritized ranking of application packets received. The Superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute will make the final decision regarding the candidate(s) acceptance into the Planning 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 PPP 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 & Contact Information

For the NETC Admissions Office to maintain a current waiting list for the PPP, EMI resident PPP application packages will be valid only for the PPP Cohort within the Federal Fiscal Year in which they are submitted and for the PPP Cohort numbers indicated on the FEMA Form FF-USFA-FY-21-101 (formerly 119-25-0-1). 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.

Please email the Integrated Emergency Management Branch with any further questions about the Planning Practitioner Program

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