How IAEM Began | Internationalization of IAEM
Restructuring of Governing Body of IAEM | IAEM Today
About the IAEM AEM and CEM Certification Program | Scholarships
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has more than 6,000 members worldwide, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the Principles of Emergency Management and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.
IAEM was founded in 1952 as the U.S. Civil Defense Council, becoming the National Coordinating Council of Emergency Management (NCCEM) in 1985, and the International Association of Emergency Managers in 1997.
In 2007, IAEM restructured its governing body to reflect the global reach of the organization, with representatives of seven councils around the world in Asia, Canada, Europa, Oceania, Students, USA, and all other members aligned to the International Council. Guidance and procedures were established to support viable growth of Regions within Councils or new Councils from the International Council. Within Regions, the process to establish Chapters were defined to support local activity.
Today, IAEM continues to drive the development of the profession of emergency management through its promotion of the Principles of Emergency Management, Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Program and IAEM Scholarship Program. The Student Council now has chapters at universities around the world and works to engage with future professionals as they choose their career paths.
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IAEM created the Certified Emergency Manager® and Associate Emergency Manager Programs in 1993 to raise and maintain professional standards. It is an internationally recognized program that certifies achievements within the emergency management profession. AEM and CEM certification is a peer review process administered through the International Association of Emergency Managers.
The International Association of Emergency Managers established the IAEM Scholarship Program in 2000 to further the education of students studying the field of emergency management. The mission of the program is to assist the profession by developing students with the intellect and technical skills to advance and enhance emergency management.
AEM® and CEM® are registered trademarks of the International Association of Emergency Managers.