FEMA Next Generation Core Competencies

Develop the core competencies FEMA has identified as critical for the success of emergency management professionals. The competencies fall into three interrelated categories that build the individual, the practitioner, or relationships.

​​Competencies that Build the Individual

  • Operate within the Emergency Management Framework, Principles, and Body of Knowledge
  • Possess Critical Thinking
  • Abide by Professional Ethics
  • Continual Learning

Competencies that Build the Practitioner

  • Scientific Literacy
  • Geographic Literacy
  • Sociocultural Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Systems Literacy

  Competencies that Build Relationships

  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Governance and Civics
  • Leadership

Learn more about FEMA’s Core Competencies