Initial Certification

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.

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

$410 (USD) for IAEM Members; $620 (USD) for Non-IAEM Members (certification fees are non-refundable and non-transferable)

Submit the certification payment now

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. 

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. 18, 2020, in Long Beach, California must:

  • Submit your initial application by August 31, 2020 and have it approved during the September review meeting,
  • Pass the exam and have it processed by IAEM Headquarters by Oct. 19, 2020, and
  • Let IAEM Headquarters know you will be attending the awards banquet at the conference.

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