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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

Due to the demands of COVID-19, certification candidates concerned about meeting a deadline in the AEM/CEM application/exam process should contact IAEM HQ at info@iaem.comWe recognize that your priority and focus is responding to the pandemic at this time, and IAEM Staff will provide a response and further details to each request received,


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 an accredited institution as recognized by the appropriate governing body(s) of the specific country from which the degree was issued. (Example: U.S. Department of Education's Database of Accredited Postsecondarv Institutions). 
    • 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. 


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