National Credential
Credential: Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Association of Emergency Managers (iAEM)

The International Association of Emergency Managers (iAEM), Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification is for emergency management professionals to effectively manage a comprehensive emergency management program. These practitioners integrate stakeholders in all phases of emergency activity for all types of disasters. Professionals considering this credential must possess expertise in all four phases of disaster activity: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery regardless of its nature-that is attack, man-made, and natural in a federal-state-local operating partnership. CEM candidates must meet all the requirements of the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) plus additional requirements. Additional requirements include three years of emergency management experience, achievement of a four-year baccalaureate degree, and demonstrate contributions to the profession. CEM candidates must pass an exam, submit evidence of meeting the emergency management and general management-training requirement, and submit a management essay.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12K Plumber MOS some          
Enlisted 38B Civil Affairs Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist MOS other          
Warrant Officer 180A Special Forces Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 740A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 948B Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Association of Emergency Managers (iAEM)
201 Park Washington Court
Falls Church, VA  22046
Phone: (703) 538-1795
Fax: (703) 241-5603
Email: info@iaem.com

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)

Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree or any post-graduate degree in emergency management or related field.

Candidates must have three years of emergency management experience. Comprehensive experience must include participation in a full-scale exercise or actual disaster.

Training and proof thereof must have occured within the last 10 years and meet the following additional criteria:

  • 200 contact hours total of which–
    • 100 hours are in emergency management, and
    • 100 hours are in general management.

The Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must provide documentation of six separate contributions to the emergency management profession. Examples of contributions include professional membership, speaking, publications, and serving on volunteer boards or committees.
  • Candidates must submit a management essay which demonstrates their knowledge of emergency management concerning real-life scenarios.
  • Candidates must submit three references, including one from the current supervisor.
  • Candidates must submit a credential binder for review by the CEM Commission.

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)

  • Core
    • IS-1a Emergency Manager
    • IS-15b Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies
    • IS-100b Introduction to the Incident Command System
    • IS-120a An Introduction to Exercises
    • IS-130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning
    • IS-139 Exercise Design
    • IS-200b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • IS-230d Fundamentals of Emergency Management
    • IS-235b Emergency Planning
    • IS-242b Effective Communication
    • IS-244b Developing and Managing Volunteers
    • IS-271a Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk
    • IS-318 Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities
    • IS-340 Hazardous Materials Prevention
    • IS-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
    • IS-393a Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
    • IS-547a Introduction to Continuity of Operations (COOP)
    • IS-559 Local Damage Assessment
    • IS-619 Research in Training and Education
    • IS-632a Introduction to Debris Operations
    • IS-775 EOC Management and Operations
    • IS-910a Emergency Management Preparedness Fundamentals
    • IS-2001 Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)
  • Additional (US exam)
    • IS-208a State Disaster Management
    • IS-288 Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management
    • IS-403 Introduction to Individual Assistance (IA) (DF-103)
    • IS-634 Introduction to FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
    • IS-700a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
    • IS-701a NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS)
    • IS-702a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Public Information Systems
    • IS-703a NIMS Resource Management
    • IS-706 NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid - An Introduction
    • IS-800b The National Response Framework, An Introduction
    • IS-2900 National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification is effective for a period of five years. In order to recertify, candidates must meet and submit recertification requirements prior to December 31 of the fifth year of previous certification/recertification. All current holders of the CEM who wish to maintain their designation must recertify at five-year intervals by submitting documentation that demonstrates continuing education in Emergency Management and General Management topics as well as professional contributions. For details, visit the recertification page.