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All trainings are free for eligible students. Class sizes are usually limited, so enroll early to ensure a place. Courses are usually filled on a first come, first served basis, but other criteria may be used to select students for a course. You will receive a confirmation no later than one week before the start of class.

Available Courses Through MEMA

NIMS/ICS Course Series


This one-day course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features, principles and organizational structure of ICS. This course also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS)


This two-day basic level course will familiarize participants with the principles of ICS. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of ICS principles by discussing responses to various scenarios in a group meeting. This is a basic course for entry-level first responders and other public safety staff identified in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8. ICS-200 is a NIMS-compliant course.


This three-day course is designed for supervisory and management-level personnel identified in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8, and within any other agency that may be involved in major support for incident management. Intermediate ICS expands on Basic ICS. It provides more detail about the organization and operation of ICS, and describes the duties of all positions including Air Operations. ICS-300 is a NIMS-compliant course. Prerequisite: ICS-200


This two-day course examines the role and responsibilities of the key command staff positions of Planning Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, and Operations Section Chief, who all report to the Incident Commander. Students will develop an understanding of the key interactions that must occur between members of the Command and General Staff. This advanced course bridges the gap between the Incident Commander and state and federal agencies responding to a major disaster in accordance with the National Response Plan. ICS-400 is a NIMS- compliant course. Prerequisite: ICS-300 required.

G-402 Incident Command System Overview for Executives and Senior Officials

This course provides a two-hour summary of the four ICS courses (100,200,300,400) for elected and/or appointed officials who do not need to attend these courses, but should know why their subordinates in the 10 response disciplines must attend them. This overview is usually followed by a 30-60minute question and answer session. A certificate of attendance is usually issued, but there is no exam. This course works best when the person requesting the course (often the Emergency Management Director of the agency or jurisdiction) informs the instructor what the officials need to know in advance so it can be emphasized during the course.


This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. At the end of the course, participants will able to describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS, describe the purpose of the NIMS Components including:  Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management.

MEMA-Developed Courses:

Massachusetts Emergency Management Director Essentials Program (EMD-101 & EMD-102)

EMD-101:  This half-day course provides new and experienced Emergency Management Directors with an overview of their roles prior to, during, and after an emergency. EMD-101 focuses on EMD fundamentals and preparedness.

EMD-102: This half-day course provides new and experienced Emergency Management Directors with an overview of the three mission areas: Response, Recovery, and Mitigation.

Guidance on Emergency Planning for Access and Functional Needs Population

This one-day course provides participants with the necessary resources and tools to develop a comprehensive plan that incorporates the needs of the whole community, including those with access and functional needs (AFN). This course will build participant awareness and understanding of the importance of integrating considerations for AFN populations throughout the emergency management cycle

Hazardous Materials Awareness

This course is designed for first-responders who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous materials emergency or who will be the first person on the scene of an emergency involving hazardous materials. The course covers the safety regulations established in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect first-responders from injuries related to hazardous material releases: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(I) and EPA 40 CFR 311.  

G-Courses (FEMA Developed/State Delivered Courses)

EOC Management and Operations (G-775)

This one-day course provides attendees with the knowledge and skills to design, operate, staff, manage, and evaluate an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Course topics include designing an EOC facility, staffing an EOC, identifying communications and equipment needs, testing, raining, and exercising the EOC.

Basic Public Information Officer (G-290)

This two-day course is for new or less experienced Public Information Officers (PIO). It emphasizes the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency public information activities. Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, conducting awareness campaigns, news release writing, and public speaking and television interviews. This course is a prerequisite for the Advanced PIO course at Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

CERT Program Manager (G-427)

This course defines the core components of a local CERT program and focuses on effective practices to establish and maintain an active local CERT program. These practices include:

  • Developing local CERT program goals and a related strategic plan
  • Promoting the local CERT program
  • Orienting, managing, and retaining CERT members
  • Recruiting, funding, managing, and retaining CERT trainers
  • Acquiring and managing program resources
  • Delivering and managing effective training and exercises
  • Developing essential policies and procedures for a local CERT program
  • Evaluating and sustaining the program

CERT Train the Trainer (G-428)

This course prepares participants to deliver FEMA’S CERT Basic Training Course. Participants will learn how to:

  • Deliver the CERT Basic Training Course accurately
  • Convey the messages and intent of the CERT Program (e.g., safety, teamwork, place in overall community emergency operations plan)
  • Assure the students achieve the objectives of the CERT Basic Training
  • Create a comfortable yet managed learning environment for CERT participants

Department of Homeland Security Training Program

MEMA’s Training and Exercise Unit coordinates training programs with the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) and EMI. Both provide high-quality training to emergency responders throughout the United States and its territories under DHS/FEMA's Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement. To learn more about these institutions and how to obtain training, please contact the Training and Exercise Unit.