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Emergency Management Certification Program

HSEM has created and maintains one of the premier Emergency Management Certification programs in the U.S. The curriculum is provided through a combination of FEMA Online courses and HSEM led group training classes and workshops.  

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HSEM Training and Programs

HSEM Emergency Management Professional Certification and Training Program

The HSEM Emergency Management Professional Certification program provides three levels of training, which are designed to fit the multi-faceted roles and responsibilities of our diverse emergency management community.  

These three training tracks are aimed at specific audiences whose roles require different sets of knowledge. Additionally, HSEM is implementing a sponsorship process, which is required for anyone who is not a state or local emergency management professional or staff member prior to taking classroom courses. Please review the Sponsorship information below.
Please review the program guide and  fact sheets for details and instructions for prospective students

Training Tracks

Sponsorship for Certification

The sponsorship process helps ensure that HSEM training reaches its target audience and validates that the training track selected is appropriate for the student’s role in emergency management. 
This process is designed to increase the professionalism of those individuals accepted into HSEM’s emergency management training program and focus limited resources to those individuals who directly support local and state emergency management efforts in the field. 
Sponsorship also provides an experienced professional local emergency manager point of contact to the student for networking and hands on emergency management support.  This approach helps ensure those seeking training and certification are actually working in a role aligned to their jurisdiction’s emergency operations plan and are part of the overall emergency management system. 


The HSEM training calendar lists the training courses that HSEM plans to directly offer in the coming federal fiscal year. (October 1-September 30).

The calendar is updated periodically as courses are revised or as new courses are added. Course titles, dates, locations, and the application process for the courses is arranged via the Training & Registration Tracking (TRT)  system, an online registration.

Go to the Training and Registration Tracking (TRT) webpage to view the upcoming class schedule and register.


Emergency managers who complete the certification program are formally recognized during either the annual Governor’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference held each March, or the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers Fall Conference.


Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) pays for all instructor expenses, course materials, room rental fees, for HSEM sponsored training. Students are responsible for all other expenses associated with training. 

Professional Credit

Professional certifying bodies such as the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board will give continuing education credit for training courses if application for credit is made in advance of the course. Applicants seeking continuing education are responsible for maintaining their own records of training (course completion certificate and instructional materials). HSEM delivered training is POST Board approved and POST course numbers are available on request.

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