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GA CEM Program Requirements

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
Georgia Emergency Manager Certification Program

Date:  Effective August 1, 2016

  1. Purpose
  2. The purpose of this document is to prescribe the required training for individuals serving as local emergency management directors or deputy emergency management directors in the State of Georgia.
  3. Authority
    1. O.C.G.A. § 38-3-27 requires that the local director shall have completed a high school education or its equivalent and shall have successfully completed all initial courses required by the state director of emergency management within 180 days following the date of nomination to office or within an extended period as determined by the state director of emergency management and shall have successfully completed subsequent courses required by the state director of emergency management within an appropriate period as determined by the state director of emergency management; NOTE - The initial course requirement must be met through attendance of GEMHSA's New Directors' Academy, offered at a minimum of two times per year.
    2. O.C.G.A § 38-3-27 requires any director or deputy director of a local emergency management organization appointed after July 1, 1999, shall be a certified emergency manager under the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency's Certified Emergency Manager Program. The curriculum of the Certified Emergency Manager Program and requirements for certification shall be determined by the state director of emergency management and shall include, but not be limited to, professional development series training, independent study courses, emergency preparedness courses, and field-delivered courses. Basic level Certification must be achieved within 24 months of the local director's appointment date.
    3. Personnel certified under the Certified Emergency Manager Program shall complete annually a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education to maintain certification. The continuing education shall include programs and courses sponsored or approved by the state director of emergency management. Personnel who lose their certification because of their failure to meet continuing education requirements will be eligible for recertification under provisions included in the Certified Emergency Manager Program.
  4. General Instructions
    • Applicants must follow these instructions when preparing and submitting certification packets:
    • Packets that are incomplete will be returned and not considered for certification.
    • Prepare your packet with the documentation presented in the order outlined in this program outline.
    • Individuals applying for Professional Certification (formerly Master Certification) should submit the packet in a binder with each section tabbed.
    • Do not send original paperwork; only copies are needed. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) will not be responsible for lost documents.
    • Submit a cover page with your packet. This should include your name, title, business address, business phone number, home address, home phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and certification requested.
    • Basic and Advanced Level Certification application may be made whenever the training requirements have been met.
    • The cutoff date for years of service requirements for Professional certification in 2016 will be December 31, 2016. This date also applies to course completion requirements.
    • Completed packets for Professional certification must be received by the GEMHSA Training Office no later than January 31, 2017. Packets received after this date will be returned with no action taken.
    • Completed packets should be forwarded to:
      GEMHSA Training Office
      Georgia Public Safety Training Center
      1000 Indian Springs Drive
      Forsyth, Georgia 31029
  5. Georgia Certified Emergency Manager Program
    1. Levels of Certification
      1. Basic Certification - See Attachment #1
        • Basic Certification shall satisfy the requirement of O.C.G.A § 38-3-27 for local directors or deputy directors of emergency management.
        • Open to any interested participants
      2. Advanced Certification - See Attachment #2
        • Optional
        • Open to any interested participants
      3. Professional Certification (formerly Master CEM) - See Attachment #3
        • Optional
        • Participation limited to persons engaged in emergency management organizations. Participation must be approved by local emergency management director for local participants, approved by State emergency management director for state participants. Packets must include an endorsement from the local or state EMA director attesting that the applicant is engaged through either an emergency management agency or department, or an agency providing support to a local or state emergency management agency.
  6. Certification Maintenance
    • Certified Emergency Managers (all levels) are required to submit to the GEMHSA Training Office, proof of completion of a minimum of 24 hours continuing education credit hours annually to maintain certification.
  7. Eligible On-going Professional Education
    • Hours completed in courses, seminars and conferences sponsored by GEMHSA are eligible for use as continuing education credit. Total hours approved will be announced prior to each function.
    • Requests for continuing education credit hours for non-GEMHSA functions must be submitted to the GEMHSA Training Office for approval and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All functions approved must meet criteria relating to the emergency management field.
  8. Recertification
    • Certified Emergency Managers not maintaining the required annual continuing education credit hours will lose certification. Individuals desiring to recertify, must contact the GEMHSA Training Director to ascertain information regarding recertification.
  9. Records
    • The GEMHSA Training Office will maintain all training files.
  10. Plans of Instruction
    • In order to ensure that standards are maintained, the GEMHSA Training Office will assure that plans of instruction are current.
  11. Scheduling and Announcing Courses
    • Course announcements will be posted on the GEMHSA Training website and will be published in the annual training calendar. Courses will have on-line registration unless otherwise noted in the course announcement.
  12. Needs Assessment
    • Needs assessments will be performed regularly to ensure that the training curriculum is kept up to date and meets the needs of the public safety personnel.
  13. Professional Review Board
    • Applications for Professional level certification will be presented to the Professional Review Board for review and approval.
  14. Questions and Further Information
    • Questions should be directed to the GEMHSA Training Office, GPSTC, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia 31029, 478-993-4612.
    • Additional training information and schedule are available at the GEMHSA Training web site: https://training.gema.ga.gov/TRS

Basic Certification

Independent Study Courses
  1. IS-1, Emergency Manager:  An Orientation to the Position
  2. IS-5.A, An Introduction to Hazardous Materials (or IS-5 Hazardous Materials: A Citizen's Orientation)
  3. IS-546.A: Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
  4. IS-100.A, Introduction to the Incident Command System (or IS-100)
  5. IS-120.A, An Introduction to Exercises (or IS-120, An Orientation to Community Disaster Exercises)
  6. IS-130, Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning
  7. IS-200.A, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (or IS-200)
  8. IS-230, Principles of Emergency Management
  9. IS-235C,(235) Emergency Planning
  10. IS-288,The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management
  11. IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  12. IS-800.B, National Response Framework, An Introduction (or IS-800,   National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction)
Emergency Preparedness Courses
  1. Disaster Recovery Programs: Information and Documentation (formerly DRRO) 
  2. Basic PIO 
  3. Hazardous Weather and Flooding Preparedness 
  4. Hazardous Materials Contingency Planning 
  5. EOC Management and Operations 
  6. Resource Management GEMHSA Programs Overview - offered at the State Operations Center in Atlanta.
  7. Preliminary Damage Assessment Course
Field Delivered Courses
  • Awareness for Initial Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents 

Advanced Certification

Independent Study Courses
All in Basic CEM, plus:
  1. IS-3, Radiological Emergency Management
  2. IS-26, Guide to Points of Distribution
  3. IS-362, Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
  4. IS-393.a, Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
  5. IS-546.a, Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
  6. IS-547.a, Introduction to Continuity of Operations
  7. IS-548, Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program Manager
Emergency Preparedness Courses
All in Basic CEM, plus:
  1. Emergency Planning - (classroom course)
  2. Effective Communication - (classroom course)
  3. Exercise Design and Evaluation - (classroom course) 
  4. Volunteer Resources - (classroom course) 
  5. Continuity of Government/Continuity of Operations - (classroom course)  
  6. Decision Making and Problem Solving - (classroom course) 
  7. Leadership and Influence - (classroom course)
  8. Flood Fight Operations
  9. Mass Fatalities Incident Response 
  10. Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents 
  11. Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings - Awareness 
  12. (Required after June 31, 2017) ICS-300, Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Field Delivered Courses
  1. Rescue Specialist
  2. Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface

Professional Certification

Limited to positions engaged in emergency management organizations: Participation limited to persons engaged in emergency management organizations.  Participation must be approved by local emergency management director for local participants, approved by State emergency management director for state participants. Packets must include an endorsement from the local or state EMA director attesting that the applicant is engaged through either an emergency management agency or department, or an agency providing support to a local or state emergency management agency.

  • Applicants for Professional certification must have a current Basic and Advanced Certified Emergency Manager certification.
  • Independent Study Courses: All in Basic and Advanced
  • Professional Development Series/Emergency Preparedness Courses: All in Basic and Advanced
  • (Required after June 31, 2017) ICS 400, Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff, Complex Incidents
  • Field Delivered Courses: All in Basic and Advanced

Additional Requirements:

  1. Minimum of five (5) years of service in emergency management
    • Submit documentation to confirm a five year minimum involvement in the emergency management field.
    • The accrued time may be from multiple jurisdictions.
  2. Participation in a GEMHSA evaluated full-scale exercise
    • EMA Director:
      • Submit FEMA Form 95-44, Emergency Management Exercise Reporting System that you signed in your capacity as local Director.
      • Submit a letter from the GEMHSA Exercise Officer stating that the exercise was evaluated by GEMHSA.
    • Other Applicants:
      • Submit FEMA Form 95-44, Emergency Management Exercise Reporting System, for the Full-Scale Exercise in which you participated.
      • Submit a letter from the local EMA Director stating that you participated in the exercise and the duty position you filled.
      • Submit a letter from the GEMHSA Exercise Officer stating that the exercise was evaluated by GEMHSA.
  3. Completion of at least 150 hours of additional approved training
    • Minimum of 100 hours of direct EM training with up to 50 hours of related training.
      • Examples: 
        • State/National Hazardous Materials Conferences
        • National Hurricane Conferences
        • State Emergency Management Conferences
        • EMS Conferences/Certification Courses
        • Fire Conferences/Certification Courses
        • Public Safety Conferences/Certification Courses
        • Emergency Management Association of Georgia Conferences/ Meetings
  4. Minimum of five separate contributions to the field of emergency management above job related expectations
    • Examples:
      • Instructor at recognized courses/conferences
      • Published articles
      • Audio/visual products
      • Special projects
      • Pilot programs
      • Research projects
      • Public speaking
  5. Reviewed and determination by the Professional Review Board 

Last Updated: September 8, 2016 3:32 PM

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