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NIMS/ICS Courses

A brief description of the basic NIMS/ICS courses we offer.

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.

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NIMS / ICS Course List


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 setting. This is a basic course for entry-level first responders and other public safety staff identified in Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 8.


This three-day course is designed for supervisory and management-level personnel identified in HSPD 8, or 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. Prerequisite: ICS-200.


This two-day course examines the roles

and responsibilities of key ICS Command and General Staff positions. Students will develop an understanding of the key interactions that must occur between members of the Command and General Staff and the Incident Commander. This advanced course bridges the gap between the Incident Commander and state and federal agencies responding to a major disaster. Prerequisite: ICS-300.

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

This course provides a two-hour summary of the four ICS courses for elected 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 to 60 minute 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 template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during incidents. At the end of the course, participants will able to describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS and the purpose of each NIMS component.