EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

It is with pleasure that we announce the release of the updated emergency management certification program for the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee along with a new program to recognize the outstanding emergency management instructors that we have in Tennessee.  The updated emergency management program considers changes in the emergency management profession in the State of Tennessee and across the United States as emergency management continues to evolve into a profession that deals with all forms of natural and manmade hazards in this constantly changing world and especially in these unprecedented times that we are living and working in.  This program is designed to be a stand-alone, state-level certification program that at the same time provides a pathway to certification by the International Association of Emergency Managers if that is something that the candidate emergency manager wishes to follow. 

The Emergency Management Instructor Recognition program is a new program that is designed to recognize instructors that are giving countless hours to our profession and who are the backbone of the emergency management community, without the training we cannot advance.  This program recognizes three levels of instructor experience and supports the EMAT emergency manager certification program.

EMAT will now recognize direct reciprocity for those EMAT members that are certified by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as either a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) or an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM®).  The only additional requirement to the IAEM standards is current residency in the State of Tennessee and active membership in EMAT.  

The application process has been simplified by providing an application for each certification or recognition level that is a form-fillable PDF document that can be downloaded, completed, saved, and then emailed to EMAT.  Using an electronic process greatly reduces the workload on the EMAT office and the Committee, this in turn dramatically lowers the processing time form receipt of the application to the completion of the review process. 

 

The Process:

After emailing the completed application package with all required attachments combined as a single file the application will be sent to the Chair of the EMAT Standards Training and Certification Committee along with the Chair of the Certification Working Group.  Three assessors (committee members) within the Certification Working Group will review the application package for completeness and compliance with the certification or recognition standard.   Upon concurrence of the three assessors that the candidate meets the requirements they will notify the Working Gr0oup Chair and the Committee Chair of concurrence where a final review will be completed.  Upon completion, the candidate’s application will be brought to the EMAT Board of Directors for approval.  Upon approval, the candidate will be notified of their approval.  Award of the certification or recognition will occur at the next EMAT Conference.  

Thank you for your continued support for the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee, the State of Tennessee, and your community for all that you do as an Emergency Manager in the Volunteer State.

 

Edward C. Wolff, Ph.D. CEM® MEP TN-CEMP

Chairperson- Standards, Training, and Certification Committee

Emergency Management Association of Tennessee (EMAT)

For your convenience, you can now pay your Certification fees through PayPal, even if you don't have a PayPal account.  Click on the PayPal icon and you will be redirected to the PayPal payment portal where you can complete your transaction.

If you are not paying through PayPal, you will receive an invoice for the total amount due.  Included on the invoice will be the mailing address for you to remit your check.

Certification Fees are due and payable prior to your packets being reviewed.

If you have any questions, please call 615.417.1944 or email EMAT.information@gmail.com

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TN-Certified Emergency Manager Certification 

(TN-CEM)

  • Applicant must be an EMAT member in good standing

  • Applicant must complete and sign the Signature Page and Sworn Statement

  • Applicant must complete all required sections

Work History - Three years of experience in emergency management or equivalent emergency services field.  A minimum of one year’s experience should be in Tennessee

Work Experience - Three years of experience should include documented experience in all four phases of emergency management and significant participation in a declared disaster response or two full-scale exercises.

Candidate References - Three references; one of which must be the applicant’s current supervisor. Additional reference sources that qualify are past supervisors (within five years); local, state, or federal government officials; emergency service organization officials; local, regional, or national emergency management association officials.

Education - Associates Degree in the Emergency Services field or a bachelor’s degree in any subject. An additional two years of Emergency Management experience (total of 5) may be substituted for this requirement.

Training - Required training: 100 hours of Emergency Management and 60 hours of General ManagementTraining; and required FEMA training courses. Individual Training Submission Forms must be completed for each training entry. All submissions must be within 5 years from the date of application.

Professional Contributions - At least six contributions are required; three are required to be completed in Tennessee. All submissions must be within 5 years from date of application.

Emergency Management Essay - Submission of an emergency management essay to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Electronic Submission:

All applications must be submitted as one Adobe PDF file.

Submit Via Email to EMAT.information@gmail.com

Application fee must be paid prior to application submission

Application fee: $ 110.00

Recertification Notice:

The designation will be for five (5) years and can be renewed any during the fifth (5th) year.

Recertification requirements:

Additional fifty (50) hours of EM and ten (10) hours of GM training (actual classroom hours or CEUs; 3 hours of college-level credit in an EM field may be substituted).

TN-Certified Associate Emergency Manager Certification  (TN-AEM)

  • Applicant must be an EMAT member in good standing

  • Applicant must complete and sign the Signature Page and Sworn Statement

  • Applicant must complete all required sections

Work History - Two years of experience in emergency management or equivalent emergency services field. A minimum of one year’s experience should be in Tennessee.

Work Experience - Two years of experience should include documented experience in all four phases of emergency management, and participation in either a declared disaster response or a full-scale exercise.

Candidate References - Three references; one of which must be the applicant’s current supervisor. Additional reference sources that qualify are past supervisors (within five years); local, state, or federal government officials; emergency service organization officials; local, regional, or national emergency management association officials.

Education - High school diploma or general education certificate (GED). Higher education degrees can be submitted as proof of a high school diploma or GED.

Training - Required training: 100 hours of Emergency Management and 40 hours of General Management Training; and required FEMA training courses. Individual Training Submission Forms must be completed for each training entry.

Professional Contributions - At least four contributions are required; two are required to be completed in Tennessee. All submissions must be within 10 years from date of application.

Emergency Management Essay  - Submission of an emergency management essay to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Electronic Submission:

All applications must be submitted as one Adobe PDF file.

Submit Via Email to: EMAT.information@gmail.com

Application fee must be paid prior to application submission

Application fee: $ 55.00

Recertification Notice:

The designation will be for five (5) years and can be renewed any during the fifth (5th) year.

Recertification requirements:

Additional forty (40) hours of EM and ten (10) hours of GM training (actual classroom hours or CEUs; 3 hours of college-level credit in an EM field may be substituted).

Additional information can be found within each of the above packets.  If you have further questions or comments, send an email to EMAT.information@gmail.com

Emergency Management Instructor Recognition

(TN – MI/SI/BI)

This program identifies emergency management professionals who have devoted time and effort in furthering emergency management education. Applicants for this recognition must be able to prove their eligibility by including documentation of required training, instructional experience, and time.

All recognized instructors must be regular members in good standing with EMAT and be certified by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as an instructor.

This application affords the applicant three different levels of recognition for which to qualify:

Tennessee Master Instructor (TN-MI)

Highest level of recognition for those persons who not only hold advanced instructor certifications and a broad base of instructional experience, but have verifiable experience, as shown by a sampling of student evaluations, and review by the EMAT Standards, Training, and Certification Committee.

This instructor level will have completed a minimum of 200 hours of classroom instructing (no more than 150 hours in one mission area of emergency management); having taught recognized emergency management training courses (as illustrated on the EMAT Approved Training List as derived from the current IAEM AEM/CEM training list), and taught for a recognized State Administrative Authority/NIMS Administrator/State Training Officer or federal agency.

Tennessee Senior Instructor (TN-SI)

An Instructor that does not meet the TN-MI criteria but requires additional instructional experience and mentoring.

This instructor must also have verifiable experience as shown by a sampling of student evaluations or online student surveys that have been reviewed by the Standards, Training, and Certification Committee.

This instructor level will have completed a minimum of 100 hours of classroom instructing experience (no more than 75 hours in one mission area of emergency management), and having taught recognized emergency management training courses (as illustrated on the EMAT Approved Training List as derived from the current IAEM approved training list for CEM/AEM), and taught for a recognized State Administrative Authority/NIMS Administrator/State Training Officer or federal agency.

Tennessee Basic Instructor (TN-BI)

This level is designed to serve as an entry-level certification. This instructor must also have verifiable experience, as shown by a sampling of student evaluations or an online student survey.

This instructor level will have completed a minimum 50 hours of classroom instructing having taught recognized emergency management training courses (as illustrated on the EMAT Standards, Training, and Certification Committee Approved Training List as derived from the current IAEM approved training list for CEM/AEM); and taught for a recognized State Administrative Authority/NIMS Administrator/State Training Officer or federal agency.

Applicant Mentoring

Applicants are encouraged to work with a mentor before submitting an application package to ensure consistency and accuracy. Mentoring ends upon submission of the application. The EMAT Standards, Training, and Certification Committee encourages mentoring of applicants by current instructors. The best service a mentor can provide is to emphasize the process of being an emergency management professional, as well as the value of becoming a certified instructor. This can be done by encouraging professional development, which will result in meeting the qualifications to be an EMAT recognized instructor: For example, letting a person know about upcoming training opportunities. Technical assistance could include helping an applicant document their training courses or instructions on assembling and organizing their application.

It is not appropriate for a mentor to pre-approve an application. Mentors must make clear to the candidate that there is no guarantee that their suggestions guarantee approval of their credentials. Any EMAT Standards, Training, and Certification Committee member who reviews a candidate’s credentials prior to official submission must remove themself from the review process when it comes before the full Certification Commission.

Application Timelines

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EMAT. by 11:59 pm EST on the last business day prior to November 1st to be considered for the current Certification Class. This deadline will allow a minimum of thirty (30) days for review prior to the EMAT Annual Meeting and Work Session. Additional documentation will not be accepted once the application is uploaded to the EMAT website unless requested by the Certification Commission.

Fees

Application fees are set by the EMAT Board of Directors. Dues are currently set:

1.) Initial TN-MI and TN-SI certification submission and review: $75.00

2.) TN-BI certification and recertification submission and review: $25.00

3.) TN-MI and TN-SI recertification submission and review: $50.00

ALL APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Additional information can be found in the above packet.  If you have further questions or comments, send an email to EMAT.information@gmail.com

IAEM RECIPROCITY

Information regarding IAEM Reciprocity will be forthcoming and should be available by the end of August. 

Thank you for your patience

Emergency Management Association of Tennessee

(EMAT)

P.O. Box 1238   Wartburg, TN  37887

EMAT.information@gmail.com

615.417.1944

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