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The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to monitor the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to COVID-19. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is encouraging organizations to promote social distancing, hold meetings via videoconferencing, reduce non-essential travel, and adjust or postpone events and gatherings. We also continue to evaluate the local and national situation and will provide regular updates.

Students will be notified in advance concerning the status of their on-campus course offering.

We thank you for your understanding, and we invite you to visit our extensive catalog of Independent Study Courses as well as classroom courses available by virtual delivery.


NOTE: The Trainer Program does not provide certification of its participants, or use of a title or ability to use a certification acronym in their signature line as a result of completion of any of the certificates under this training program.

The Basic Instructional Design Certificate provides entry-level personnel assigned to design and develop curriculum materials in support of courses, training programs and training activities an introduction to development models and processes as well as various curriculum materials associated with training activities. An emphasis is placed on communication skills and basic instructional design theory. A certificate of completion for the Basic Instructional Design Certificate will be awarded upon completion of required courses. Please contact Matthew Prager at regarding the award of the Basic Instructional Certificate.

Application Requirements: Participants will enroll in the required classroom courses through the NETC Admissions process for courses offered by EMI. Online courses may be completed via the EMI Independent Study Program located at

Required Courses for Certificate Completion:

Effective Communication (IS-242)

Introduction to Instructional Design Methods (E610)

Course Descriptions:

Effective Communication (IS-242)
Available online from EMI’s Independent Study program (, this course addresses basic communication skills, effective oral communication, and how to prepare an oral presentation.

Introduction to Instructional Design Methods (E610)
This course provides participants an introduction to methods and theories used to develop and evaluate a training program effectively. Key topics include conducting a performance and needs analysis, designing and developing courses, and evaluating a training program.

Selection Criteria: The primary audience for this course is composed of individuals assigned to curriculum design and development duties or positions.

ACE recommendations: In the upper division baccalaureate category, 2 semester hours in emergency management, public safety, or education.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 4 days

CEUs: 3.2

Other courses that fulfill certificate requirements:
Previous completion of the Management and Supervision of Training (E601) course will fulfill the requirement for Introduction to Instructional Design Methods (E610).

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