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National Incident Management System (NIMS)

The National Incident Management System was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to guide all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from disasters or emergencies.

NIMS provides stakeholders across the whole community with the shared vocabulary, systems and processes to successfully deliver the capabilities described in the National Preparedness System. NIMS defines operational systems that guide how personnel work together during incidents.

Online courses in the 100, 200, 700 and 800 series are the FEMA independent study (IS) courses to take to be considered trained on NIMS.

Please contact the Independent Study Program Office – Emergency Management Institute (EMI) at 301-447-1200 or independent.study@fema.dhs.gov for questions regarding the following:

  • IS course certificates
  • Re-issue IS course certificate
  • Student transcripts

Independent Study Program Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET Mondays through Fridays, except federal holidays.

NIMS and ICS Training