AEM/CEM Code of Ethics


Maintenance of public trust and confidence is central to the effectiveness of the Emergency Management profession. The Certified Emergency Managers and Associate Emergency Managers must adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. This Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for the Certified Emergency Managers and Associate Emergency Managers, reflects the spirit and proper conduct dictated by the conscience of society and commitment to the well-being of all. The members abide by the Association’s core values of respect, commitment, professionalism, ethics, and integrity.


  • Respect: Professional respect for supervising officials, colleagues, associates, and most importantly, for the people we serve is the standard for Certified Emergency Managers and Associate Emergency Managers. We comply with all laws and regulations applicable to our purpose and position, and responsibly and impartially apply them to all concerned. We respect fiscal resources by evaluating organizational decisions to provide the best service or product at a minimal cost without sacrificing quality. Honest differences of opinion are not a sign of disrespect; deliberately rude conduct or attacking a person's motives or integrity is a sign of disrespect.
  • Commitment: Certified Emergency Managers and Associate Emergency Managers commit themselves to promoting decisions that engender trust in those we serve. We commit to continuous improvement by fairly administering the affairs of our positions, by fostering honest and trustworthy relationships, and by striving for accuracy and clarity in what we say or write. We commit to enhancing stewardship of resources and the caliber of service we deliver while striving to improve the quality of life in the community we serve.
  • Professionalism: IAEM is an organization that actively promotes professionalism to ensure public confidence in Emergency Management. Our reputations are built on the faithful discharge of those duties. Our professionalism was founded on Education, Safety and Protection of Life and Property.
  • Ethics: Certified Emergency Managers and Associate Emergency Managers promise to be professional and ethical by following these guidelines:
    • Fostering excellence in disaster/emergency management by keeping abreast of pertinent issues;
    • Enhancing individual performance by attention to continuing education and technology;
    • Practicing integrity and honesty in matters dealing with the public and one’s peers and employer;
    • Avoiding conflict of interests resulting in personal gain or advantage at the expense of the public, one’s peers and employer;
    • Conserving and protecting resources through effective use of funds, accurate assessment of potential hazards, and timely decision making;
    • Maintaining confidentiality of privileged information; and
    • Promoting public awareness toward and understanding of emergency preparedness and public protection.
  • Integrity: The CEM Commission requires all candidates for and those awarded the CEM/AEM certification(s) to at all times maintain the highest standards of academic and professional integrity. IAEM considers academic and professional integrity to be an essential component to the emergency management profession. A violation of professional integrity is any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair advantage for the candidate. See Professional Code of Conduct for details.

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