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. Important information about exam results for applicants taking the exam early in 2024 is posted on the Certification news page.
Applicants can request an individual exam offering by completing an exam request form. If you have any issues please email Sharon Kelly.
The proctor must be an unbiased party and must fulfill one of the following:
A proctor cannot be:
See the Updated Resource List for a list of resources that can be used to make up an exam.
The AEM/CEM exam has 120 multiple-choice questions. One hundred of these questions will be scored. IAEM will determine exam results using scaled scoring. Scaled scoring is a representation of the total number of correct answers an applicant has provided that has been converted into a standardized scale. The passing score is 500 on a scale of 200 to 800. Examinees will be allowed 2.5 hours for the exam.
The exam includes a portion of questions that are considered to be universal, core content for emergency management regardless of location. Additional content is tested depending on the country in which the applicant is based. The Exam Blueprint outlines the domains and subject weights to help applicants prepare for the exam.
Applicants who are ready to schedule an individual exam should complete the exam request form giving the proctor's complete contact information, date of the exam, and 14 business day’s notice.
The IAEM website has a listing of official preparatory course and/or exam offerings that have been arranged through IAEM. As more official offerings are finalized they will be added to the webpage.
Group exam offerings may be arranged by contacting IAEM staff member Albon Yowell at Albon@iaem.com.
Applicants that fail the exam may retake one additional time at no additional charge after a wait period of 60 days of receiving the notification of failure. The retake exam date must allow for at least 14 business days (per United States holiday schedule) from the submission of the retake request. Applicants that fail the exam twice must repay the certification fee to receive two more opportunities to take the exam following the retest policy. There is no maximum number of attempts though applicants are strongly encouraged to be intentional in their remediation efforts.
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.
Offered in partnership with MindEdge Learning, this prep course allows USA applicants 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. The content of the course is designed for applicants taking the USA Exam.
All questions about the course should be directed to MindEdge Learning.
A minimum of 10 registrants are required for preparatory courses.
Location: King County Regional Communications and Coordination Center - 3511 NE 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98056
AEM/CEM Exam Date/Time: Monday, December 18th from 1pm to 3:30pm PST
AEM/CEM Certification Application Fee: Certification application fee must be paid prior to sitting for the exam. Pay the application fee here.
Registration Deadline: EXAM REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED.
Additional Information about this exam offering: This is an online exam offering. The conference will be providing computers.
AEM® and CEM® are registered trademarks of the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Location: FTCC Transportation Technology Center - 4255 N. Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, room 146
AEM/CEM Exam Date/Time: Friday, February 16th from 10:00am to 12:30pm EST
PLUS you also must register to sit for the exam. Register online here.
Registration Deadline: February 2, 2024 (onsite registration is not available)
Location: FTCC Transportation Technology Center - 4255 N. Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, room 210
AEM/CEM Exam Date/Time: Friday, August 2nd from 10:00am to 12:30pm EST
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2024 (onsite registration is not available)