FEMA Training Requirements

The following are the State Emergency Management Agency’s minimum recommended levels of training for National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance for emergency responders (paid or unpaid) within the State of Illinois regardless of discipline.


All emergency responders (CERT Team Members) should take FEMA courses IS-700 and IS-100. Advanced courses, IS-200, IS-800 are encouraged. All courses are provided on-line (FREE).

IS-700 NIMS An Introduction

ICS 700 introduces and overviews 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.

IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

First line response supervisors (CERT Team Leaders) need to take IS-200, the course is provided on-line (FREE)

IS-200 ICS for Single Resources for Initial Action Incidents

ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

All CERT members can also take IS-800, this course is provided on-line (FREE)

IS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework.