Certification is effective for a period of 5 years based on your initial certification or recertification date. If you are not sure of your recertification year, please refer to your original notification letter, last recertification letter, email reminder notices sent from IAEM headquarters beginning 18 months prior to deadline, or call IAEM Headquarters.

All contributions and training for recertification must occur within the recertification window. For example, if you were certified/last re-certified on 02/20/2019 then all recertification documents must be obtained between 02/20/2019 to 12/31/2024. 

Recertification Steps

Pay Recertification Fee$280 for IAEM members and $360 for non-members. (Certification fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.) 

  • Keep in mind that you need to pay your recertification fee before submitting your recertification application. Payments made online are batched and posted on the next business day. 

Submit Recertification Application:

  • Candidates must meet and submit recertification requirements prior to Dec. 31 at 11:59 pm EST of the fifth year of previous certification/recertification. (For example, if certified in September 2014, recertification must be accomplished prior to Dec. 31, 2024.)

It is the candidate's responsibility to inform IAEM of their current contact information (including email address) to ensure that you continue to receive information related to your certification designation and/or any changes to the certification requirements. Certification expires for those who fail to recertify every five years as required.

Recertification Requirements

All current holders of the AEM or CEM who wish to maintain their designation must recertify at five-year intervals by submitting documentation that demonstrates continuing education in Emergency Management and General Management topics as well as professional contributions.


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