Iowa Certified Emergency Manager Program


The IACEM program is designed to provide:
  • A method of professional certification for Emergency Management Professionals.
  • A tool by which persons occupying a Coordinator’s position can be evaluated.
The Iowa Certified Emergency Manager Program is completely voluntary, and is in no way tied to Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) membership.

Application Fees

IEMA Members, including Active Members, Associate Members, and Sustaining Members (only 1 individual per membership). Membership refers to current membership year

  • Initial & Renewal Applications - $25.00

Non IEMA Members

  • Initial & Renewal Applications - $125.00

Application fees shall accompany each application.

Review Process

The Certification Committee is:

  • The Executive Committee of IEMA
  • One representative from the Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division appointed by the Administrator.

This committee receives, reviews and approves all applications for certifications, using their professional judgment and the guidelines listed below:

  • Applications must be received by the IEMA Secretary a minimum of 7 days prior to the regularly scheduled Executive Committee meeting.
  • The Committee shall review and make a decision on an application at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
  • The applicant shall be notified by mail of the decision of the Committee
  • A certificate shall be mailed to the applicant’s immediate supervisor, Emergency Management Commission Chair or to the EMA Coordinator, as applicable with a cover letter requesting presentation to the applicant.
  • Acknowledgement of the certification will be made at the awards ceremony at the next Iowa Emergency Management Association Annual Conference.
  • Renewal applications shall be sent to the IEMA Secretary along with the “Renewal Certification Application Form”. The committee shall follow the same procedure.

Application Review Checklist

  1. Formal Education
    • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  2. Formal Experience
    • Local Emergency Management Coordinator: Minimum of 2 years as an Emergency Management Coordinator
    • Non-Local Emergency Management Coordinators: Minimum of 5 years of emergency management-related experience
  3. Specific Experience
    • Planning
      • Responsible for creation or update of Emergency Operations Plan or Hazardous Materials Emergency Plan ESF/Annex within the last 3 years.
    • Professional Education/Training
      • Complete the minimum FEMA Independent Study Courses, Professional Development Series (PDS) Courses and attend the Emergency Management Program Development Course prior to application.
    • Exercise
      • Responsible for an exercise that meets the requirements outlined in the State Administrative Rules.
  4. Professional Status – Must occupy an emergency management position at the State or local government level or private sector.

Recertification (3 years)

  1. Applicant must continue to be responsible for (or a major participant in) the creation or update of an Emergency Operations Plan or ESF/Annex within the last three years.
  2. Applicant must continue to meet the requirements of completing 24 hours of emergency management related training annually.
  3. Applicant must have conducted or participated in an exercise within the last three years that meets the requirements outlined in the State Administrative Rules.
  4. Applicant must submit for recertification by March 31st of the year of expiration.
  5. Any previously certified applicant who has failed to maintain an IACEM Certificate for two or more consecutive years will be required to re-apply as a new applicant.

Submitting Your Application

All IACEM applications (initial and recertification) and supporting documentation should be submitted via e-mail to Mailing your application form and documentation will delay the approval process. Payment should be mailed to IEMA at 1907 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314.

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Former Director
National Hurricane Center