Online Certification Exam Requests

The IAEM Certification Exam is available online! A how-to guide for requesting the online exam can be found here. Request the online exam using this online form.


  • Candidate must provide proctor's direct email address. A testing facility email is not acceptable.
  • Multiple emails will be sent to your proctor automatically through the exam program which could potentially be blocked by their firewall (ie .mil, .edu, and .gov). Proctors should request their IT Department to whitelist @iaemexam.com so messages are not blocked. If your proctor has not received any of the following emails, please have them contact IAEM HQ at info@iaem.com with the subject line of "Certification Exam Forms Not Received."
    Within 3 business days prior to the exam:
    (1) Proctor agreement email.
    (2) The email which contains the exam keycode for use on the day of the exam.
    Within 1 business day post-exam:
    (3) The post exam agreement form.
  • The candidate is not permitted to take the online exam on his/her personal or work computer. The candidate must use a computer with Internet connection provided by an approved proctor. Further information about approved proctors can be found on page 5 of the IAEM Study Guide.


Scheduling an AEM/CEM Exam Near You

Candidates can request individual exam offerings by emailing Sharon Kelly at info@iaem.com. The request for the AEM/CEM exam must be received at least 14 business days in advance. See the Study Guide on pages 5-6 for details on how to set up an exam at a location near you. No exams or exam requests will be processed between Dec. 15, 2022, and Jan. 3, 2023.

If you wish to set up an official group exam offering, please contact IAEM staff member Chelsea Steadman at Chelsea@iaem.com.


Preparatory Course

The preparatory course includes: Review of CEM program requirements (experience, education, professional contributions and more); explanation of the AEM program requirements; application procedures; tips for successful program completion; an overview of the AEM/CEM exam; the standards upon which the exam is based; sample exam questions; and a Q&A period. Please come prepare to ask specific questions related to the program and/or to your personal credentials submission.

  • Purpose: To relieve exam anxiety, not to teach emergency management principles.
  • How: Discuss the AEM/CEM exam mechanics; facilitate an interactive discussion of emergency management principles; cross-walk through practice exam questions.
  • Who should attend? The AEM/CEM Exam Prep Course is intended for professional emergency managers interested in obtaining the Certified Emergency Manager designation. A Certified Emergency Manager is an individual who possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively manage a comprehensive disaster/emergency management program.That program can be in, but is not limited to, government, business and industry, military, health care or educational institutions.
  • Cost: $525 per person
  • Note: The Prep Course does not teach emergency management principles.

Online Prep Course Available!

Offered in partnership with MindEdge Learning, this prep course allows candidates to prepare for the IAEM Certification process through a self-study at your own pace. The course offers curated learning, review materials, and sample test questions designed to support students in preparing for the AEM or CEM certification.

Course may be purchased through the MindEdge Website: https://catalog.mindedge.com/iaem

**IAEM Members receive a 25% discount using code: Click here!

Please note that this course cannot be used to meet EM or GM training requirements.

All questions about the course should be directed to MindEdge Learning.

Schedule of Upcoming Courses and Exams

A minimum of 10 registrants are required

September 26, 2022, Electronic AEM/CEM Exam, Everett, WA (in Region 10)

  • Location: EOC of Snohomish County Emergency Management, 720 80th ST SW, Everett, WA 98203
  • AEM/CEM Exam Date/Time: Monday, September 26, 2022 from 2:00-4:00pm Pacific
  • AEM/CEM Certification Application Fee: Certification application fee must be paid prior to sitting for the exam. Pay the application fee here.
  • PLUyou also must register to sit for the exam. Register online here.
  • ProctorSarah Miller, CEM, Region 10 President
  • Registration Deadline: September 12, 2022 (onsite registration is not available)
  • Additional Information about this exam offeringParking is in the back, inside the gated area.


October 12, 2022, Electronic AEM/CEM Exam, Wilmington, NC (in Region 4)

  • LocationNorth Carolina Emergency Management ConferenceCape Fear Community College - Union Station, Room 342, 502 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC
  • AEM/CEM Exam Date/Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 1:00-3:00pm Eastern
  • AEM/CEM Certification Application Fee: Certification application fee must be paid prior to sitting for the exam. Pay the application fee here.
  • PLUyou also must register to sit for the examRegister online here.
  • Proctor: Gordon Deno, CEM
  • Registration Deadline: September 28, 2022 (onsite registration is not available)


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