Training and Exercises

The Division of Emergency Management designs, develops, and implements a variety of training and exercise programs to test the capabilities of emergency responders in Montgomery County. The Division also works closely with the response community to schedule and implement the training required for all levels of emergency management certification.

For additional information on training and/or planning an exercise, contact Training and Preparedness Coordinator Heather Stem at hstem@montcopa.org.

PEMA Certification Levels and Required Training

Emergency Management Coordinators

Appointed municipal Emergency Management Coordinators are required to obtain the Basic Certification within one (1) year of appointment and the Advanced Certification within three (3) years of appointment. The Professional level is optional but encouraged.

Deputy Coordinators and Staff

There is no requirement for Deputy Emergency Management Coordinators or staff to achieve certifications. However, they are encouraged to do so.

To learn more about the training requirements, view the 2017 PEMA Certification and Training Directive.

BasicAdvancedProfessional
County Program Orientation(one year after Basic)(one year after Advanced)
PEMA - Duties & ResponsibilitiesFEMA IS-3FEMA IS-15 or IS-366
PEMA - Initial Damage ReportingFEMA IS-5FEMA IS-130
FEMA IS-100FEMA IS-241FEMA IS-703
FEMA IS-200FEMA IS-242FEMA G-235
FEMA IS-230FEMA IS-244FEMA G-290
FEMA IS-235FEMA IS-271FEMA ICS-400
FEMA IS-240FEMA IS-547
FEMA IS-700FEMA IS-702 or G-289
FEMA IS-775FEMA G-191 
FEMA IS-800FEMA ICS-300 
Must attend two of the four county quarterly trainingsMust attend two of the four county quarterly trainingsMust attend two of the four county quarterly trainings
 Service at the Basic certification level for 1 year 
PEMA Local Certification Checklist: BasicPEMA Local Certification Checklist: AdvancedPEMA Local Certification Checklist: Professional

IS- courses are available online through FEMA's Independent Study Program (click hyperlinks above). G- and ICS- courses are delivered in person. To view G- and ICS- training opportunities offered by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and regional partners, click here.