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Getting Started

Getting Started

Congratulations on your decision to pursue the IAEM certification. 

Remember to fill out the Certification Enrollment form


Levels of Certification

There are two types of certification offered: the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM®) and the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®).

AEM® Requirements

  • Training: 100 hours Emergency Management training (considered specific to the profession) & 100 hours of General Management Training (content that can be applied beyond emergency management)

    • No more than 25% of hours can be in a single topic
    • Must be completed within the last 10 years
  • EssayCandidates must demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities through this written submission, as specified in the application
  • References: One letter of reference, signed and on letterhead from current supervisor PLUS contact information for a total of three references.
  • Certification Exam: Score 75% or higher on a 100 multiple choice question exam
    • The exam includes a portion of questions that are considered to be universal, core content for emergency management regardless of location. Additional content is tested depending on country in which candidate is based.


CEM® Requirements

Candidates must meet all AEM requirements in addition to the following:

  • Emergency Management Work History: 3 years of comprehensive emergency management experience
    • A baccalaureate degree in emergency management reduces the experience requirement depending on how current. Candidates cannot use their degree to both satisfy the education requirement and satisfy training hours.

Requirements Timeline

  • Emergency Management Experience: Participation in two functional exercises, a major public event, a full-scale exercise, or actual disaster, and cover all phases of emergency management.
  • Professional Contributions: Submit 6 separate contributions completed within the last 10 year
  • Degree Requirement:
    • U.S., Europa, Oceania applicants: A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university is required.
    • Canadian applicants: Any 3 or 4 year bachelor program or any post-graduate degree in Emergency Management or related field from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Asia, International, Latin America & Caribbean applicants: Any baccalaureate degree or equivalent thereof, or additional experience may be substituted at two years of full time EM employment per year of college/university. 


    AEM® and CEM® are registered trademarks of the International Association of Emergency Managers.