Emergency Manager 1
The Emergency Manager 1 course is an academic program consisting of 80-hours of classroom lectures each week and one Saturday each month. Students complete a total of approximately 134 hours of coursework between classroom lectures, homework assignments, and quizzes/exams. The course provides entry-level academic and practical training for individuals aspiring to enter the emergency management profession or those who seek to refine their current knowledge and skills.
New Jersey Certified Emergency Manager: The New Jersey Emergency Management Association (NJEMA) administers the New Jersey Certified Emergency Manager (NJCEM) credential and the Emergency Manager 1 course satisfies the minimum training requirement, if you plan on pursuing your certification. Please visit NJEMA.org for more information about the NJCEM credential, including how to apply. *Note: Completion of the Emergency Manager 1 course does not guarantee that you will receive the NJCEM credential by NJEMA.
IAEM Certified Emergency Manager®: IAEM has recognized the Emergency Manager 1 course as satisfying 134 (of 200) hours of the training requirement towards the IAEM Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential. EM1 graduates may receive 100 hours of emergency management training AND 34 hours of general training towards the training requirements when they submit their IAEM CEM application.
HSEEP: The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) is integrated into EM1. Students complete the HSEEP program on the second and third Saturday's of EM1 and receive an official HSEEP certificate from FEMA upon successfully completing the program.
Academic Credit (Matriculating Students Only): The Emergency Manager 1 course can be used for undergraduate and/or graduate credit at the Petrocelli College of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Undergraduate students can use this for three credits in Personnel Management for Emergency Services (PADM 4516). Graduates can use it for three credits as a substitute for Theory and Practice of Administration (MADS 6600) on completion of an additional assessment assigned by the faculty.
Recognition: This course is recognized by the New Jersey Emergency Management Association, the New Jersey County Coordinator's Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Instructors: Christopher Neuwirth and Joe Allen
Introduction to Emergency Management
- Terminology, Definitions, and Concepts
- Emergency Management as a Profession
- Emergency Operations Center
- Disaster Science
Fundamentals of Emergency Management
Applications of Emergency Management
- Emergency Management in Schools and Healthcare Facilities
- Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management
- Risk Communications
- Social Media and Technology
- Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (L146)
The Emergency Manager 1 course is specifically designed for individuals wishing to enter the emergency management profession or individuals currently working in emergency management roles without any formal education or training. We welcome experienced emergency managers who wish to enhance their current knowledge but would encourage you to review the course agenda to ensure you understand the depth and scope of topics covered. You do not need to be an emergency management coordinator to attend.
Current and former students include representatives from:
- Law enforcement
- Fire/hazmat services
- Emergency medical services
- Hospitals and public health agencies
- Higher education
- Municipal, county, state, and regional emergency management agencies
- Private sector utilities (water and electric)
- New York City public safety agencies
- Intergovernmental organizations
- Professional associations
The following minimum requirements must be completed prior to the start of the class. This ensures that all students have a baseline understanding of emergency management and are prepared for the rigors of the course.
- FEMA Independent Study courses:
- Age of 18 years or older.
The course registration fee is $500.00 payable online or via purchase order. When you complete the registration form (below), you will see a Payment Summary page where you must click “Request Invoice” to complete your registration. You will immediately receive an email invoice with a link to either pay immediately or download a PDF copy for submission to your sponsoring agency.
- Class 1 - Somerset County (Hillsborough, NJ)
- Class 5 - Camden County (Chews Landing Fire Department, Blackwood, NJ)
- Class 7 - Monmouth County (Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Neptune, NJ)
- Class 8 - Hunterdon County (Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad, Clinton, NJ)
- Class 9 - Union County (Cranford Community Center, Cranford, NJ)
- Class 10 - Gloucester County (Williamstown Fire Company, Monroe, NJ)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I have a scheduling conflict and must miss a class. Is that okay?
Yes. We allow for two unexcused absences for the week night lectures. However, you cannot miss Lecture 1 or any of the Saturday classes. If you must miss a lecture, you can attend that lecture at one of our other course locations.
2. I already have HSEEP. Do I have to attend Saturday 2 and 3?
Yes. Starting in 2017, all EM1 students are expected to attend all classes, including HSEEP, regardless if you already have an HSEEP certificate.
3. Will I receive an official FEMA HSEEP certificate?
Yes. The HSEEP course, on Saturdays 2 and 3, is the official FEMA HSEEP course embedded within Emergency Manager 1. All EM1 students who pass HSEEP will receive an HSEEP certificate from FEMA several weeks thereafter via email. HSEEP certificates are processed and issued by FEMA, not the Emergency Manager Project, LLC.
4. If I pass Emergency Manager 1, do I become a New Jersey Certified Emergency Manager (NJCEM)?
No, not exactly. Emergency Manager Project, LLC owns and administers the Emergency Manager 1 (EM1) course. The New Jersey Emergency Management Association owns and administers the NJCEM credential. Passing EM1 will meet the training requirement for your NJCEM application, which you can find by visiting NJEMA.org. There are other requirements you must meet to obtain your NJCEM credential which are outlined on the NJEMA website.
5. Can I receive college credits for passing Emergency Manager 1?
Maybe. Fairleigh Dickinson University will award academic credits for matriculating students only. Undergraduate students may use EM1 for three credits as a substitute for Personnel Management for Emergency Services (PADM 4516). Graduates may use it for three credits as a substitute for Theory and Practice of Administration (MADS 6600) on completion of an additional assessment assigned by the faculty.
The Emergency Manager 1 course is expected to begin the accreditation process by the American Council on Education in January 2017.
6. Can I pay with a purchase order?
Yes. When you submit your registration form and payment information, you will immediately receive an electronic invoice via email. If you do not receive that invoice, please check your trash or spam folders. You will also receive a welcome email with a link to download our W9 form and business certificate. These documents are usually required when you submit an invoice to your agency for processing.
7. I only have a high school education. Will I be overwhelmed in this course?
No. Although, many students do find the course to be challenging and rewarding. EM1 is undoubtedly a significant time commitment. When you factor in classroom lectures, Saturday sessions, homework assignments, quizzes, and any supplemental readings, EM1 is approximately 134 hours of total coursework. If you commit to succeeding, you will succeed, regardless of your formal education level.
8. I have many years of emergency management experience. Can I challenge the exam?
No. Our students range from brand new, aspiring emergency managers to professionals with 40+ years of experience. EM1 is designed for all experience and education levels; we are confident that you'll learn something new and enjoy the course.
9. Can I get a refund if I withdraw?
Maybe. We have a very simple refund policy. If you withdraw before the course begins, we will issue you a full refund. If you withdraw once the course begins, we will not issue you a refund. However, you can apply your payment to your registration for the following semester.
10. Do you have any seats left?
Maybe. If there's a registration form below and the class you want to attend is listed -- then yes, we have seats available. We close the registration form when we no longer have any seats remaining. So, if you can register, then you're good to go!
11. Are you hiring instructors?
Yes. We are always interested in recruiting high-quality instructors to teach the EM1 course. We demand a lot from our instructors so if you're up for the challenge, please reach out to us on Facebook and we'll schedule an instructor screening.
Please read ALL of the information above before registering, including the class dates.
The registration process will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please be prepared with information about your education, employer or sponsoring agency, and prerequisite FEMA Independent Study coursework. You will NOT be asked to submit any prerequisite certificates now.
Once you register, you will immediately be emailed a welcome letter with additional information and an invoice. You have the choice to pay the invoice immediately online or submit to your agency with a purchase order.