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Advanced Professional Series (APS)

Training Opportunities are maintained by Training

This program, as well as the Professional Development Series program, are programs sponsored and recognized by FEMA. Each is designed for emergency management professionals across the career spectrum.

Students who complete the five required courses and any five of the 18 elective courses are eligible to receive the Emergency Management Institute’s Advanced Professional Series (APS) Certificate of Completion.

Upon completion of all training, the individual applicant must submit a request for their APS certificate through VDEM. Copies of all supporting certificates/ documentation must accompany the APS Request Form available here for download.

Required Courses

CourseDescription
IS2200 Basic EOC Functions
G191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface, or E/L449 ICS Train the Trainer*
G557 Rapid Assessment Workshop,
G205 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role, or E210 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role*
G393 Mitigation for Emergency Managers (or G318, below)
G318 Mitigation Planning for Local Governments, either Mitigation course will satisfy the APS requirements

Elective Courses (choose any 5)

CourseDescription
G288 Local Volunteer and Donations Management
G364 Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools, or L363 Multi-Hazard Planning for Higher Education*
IS703.a NIMS Resource Management, Independent Study (or IS703, below)
IS703 NIMS Resource Management, Independent Study
E/G202 Debris Management Planning for State, Local and Tribal Officials*
G386 Mass Fatalities
G361 Flood Fight Operations
IEMC One of the IEMC courses E900*
G108 Community Mass Care and Emergency Assistance
G358 Evacuation and Re-entry Planning
G290 Basic Public Information Officers, or E388 Advanced Public Information Officer* or E/L952 All Hazards Public Information Officer*
G271 Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness (or IS271, below)
IS271 Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, (Independent Study)
G272 Warning Coordination
E/L/K 146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
G235 Emergency Planning
E/L/G 0141 Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills

* All substitute E or L courses are subject to the Approval of the State Training Officer.

* Some equivalent or substitute courses are accepted for the APS certificate requests. All substitute E/L or G courses are subject to the approval of the VDEM State Training Officer.

Course descriptions, information regarding the original required courses and changes to course electives are available on FEMA’s website at https://training.fema.gov/programs/aps/

Upon completion of all training, the individual applicant must submit a request for their APS certificate through VDEM. Copies of all supporting certificates/ documentation must accompany the APS Request Form.