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Initial Certification

There are two types of initial certification offered: the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) and the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). The requirements are thoroughly outlined in the online application.

Remember to fill out the Certification Enrollment form!


Pay Certification Fee

$395 for IAEM Members; $595 for Non-IAEM Members

Submit the certification payment now

Increase in Certification Fee Effective June 1, 2019 - The new rates will be $410 (USD) for IAEM members and $620 (USD) for Non-IAEM members. Candidates interested in the AEM/CEM program may click here to submit their certification fee now to avoid the additional cost.

The certification fee entitles candidates to:

  • Sit for the exam twice (if candidates do not pass the exam on the first attempt).
  • Review of their certification credential application by the CEM Commission twice.
    • If a candidate’s credential application is not approved the first time, candidates have 90 days from the date on their notification letter to submit supplemental information. Applications that were deemed incomplete during the first review will be reviewed a second time and will either be approved or rejected.

Candidates who do not pass the exam on the second attempt or receive notification that their credential application has been rejected must pay the certification fee again and start the process from the beginning. All certification fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Keep in mind that your certification application fee must be posted to your record prior to submitting your certification application. Payments made online are batched and posted on the next business day, so plan accordingly.

 

Complete Certification Application

Access the certification online application

The certification application is where candidates upload all application requirements. Before candidates submit their AEM/CEM credential application, it is recommended that candidates review the Resources material and CEM News available on the website for updated requirements and/or changes to the process.


Presentation of Diplomas

Candidates who want to be recognized and receive their diploma at the IAEM Annual Conference during the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Savannah, Georgia, must:

  • Submit your initial application by August 31, 2019 and have it approved during the September review meeting,
  • Pass the exam and have it processed by IAEM Headquarters by Oct. 21, 2019, and
  • Let IAEM Headquarters know you will be attending the awards banquet at the conference.

 

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