Independent Study Courses

FEMA has developed a library of online courses that are part of their Independent Study Program to provide those with emergency management responsibilities the opportunity to obtain training on their own schedule.  To take any of the courses below, click on the link provided and then go to the “Interactive Web Based Course” link on the right hand side of the page to begin.

Note: If you do not already have a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID), you will be asked to create one through a link at the top of the page.

IS-100.B: An Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS-100)

This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


IS-200B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (ICS-200)

ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.


IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.


IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction

The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework (NRF), which provides context for how the whole community works together during disaster response and how response efforts relate to other parts of national preparedness.


IS-1.A.: Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position

The goal of this course is to acquaint new personnel with the position of emergency manager, including history and underlying principles of emergency management, key areas of emphasis, the emergency manager’s roles and responsibilities, and tips for getting started.


IS-120.A: An Introduction to Exercises

This course introduces the basics of emergency management exercises, including how to manage an exercise program and how to design/develop an exercise. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC).


 IS-130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

IS-130 introduces the basics of emergency management exercise evaluation and improvement planning. It also builds a foundation for exercise evaluation concepts as identified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).


IS-230.D: Fundamentals of Emergency Management

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of emergency management. The course presents emergency management as an integrated system with resources and capabilities networked together to address all hazards.


IS-775: EOC Management and Operations

This course describes the role, design, and functions of Emergency Operations Centers and their relationships as components of a multi-agency coordination system. It contains disaster-related examples, activities and case studies that relate to EOC’s and multi-agency coordination systems at the local, state and federal levels of government.


IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do

This course is designed to help prepare non-law enforcement officers to be able describe actions that can be taken when they are confronted with an active shooter situation and actions that can be taken to prevent and prepare for active shooter incidents.


IS-908: Emergency Management for Senior Officials

The purpose of this course is to introduce senior officials to the important role they play in emergency management and the steps that they can take to become acquainted with their role, authorities, and team members.