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.

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

IAEM will be honoring this achievement during the IAEM Reimagined: The Virtual IAEM Conference, Nov. 18, 2020, 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. There will be a virtual awards presentation, and IAEM Headquarters will be producing an awards booklet which will be provided to all award recipients electronically or by mail.

IAEM Headquarters mailed all certification diplomas on or about Sept. 10, 2020, to those who obtained their initial AEM or CEM certification in 2020. As part of your listing in the virtual presentation and the booklet, we would like to include a photograph of you with your IAEM certification diploma, if you desire. Depending on your location and the efficiency of the delivery service, your diploma may not arrive before the deadline. If the delivery is delayed, we still want to include an image from you. Please take a HORIZONTAL photo for your listing. You may be as creative as you like. You may celebrate in the photo and/or show your diploma. Formal head shots will also work.

Photos should be in good taste, taken at the highest setting available for your phone or camera and sent only in jpg or png format. Please do not place images in Word documents or other programs before uploading. Photos copied from websites are not acceptable. Photos and your personal entry should be uploaded using the Google form located in the Sept. 7 email no later than Sept. 25, 2020.

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