Incident Command Training Program (ICS)

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Incident Command System training programs are those courses that address the needs of state and local officials assigned to duties related to the Command and Control elements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This includes assistance provided to support ICS Position Specific Training courses conducted by the designated Incident Management Teams (IMTs) within the Commonwealth.

V450 ICS Train-the-Trainer (ICS 100-400)
This course is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Participants will learn invaluable tips on how to teach each of the ICS courses from experienced instructors. Graduates will be certified to teach the Introduction, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Incident Command System courses (ICS 100 – 400), as well as the ICS For Senior Executives/Elected Officials course (ICS-402). Students will become familiar with the content of each course and be certified to deliver them to meet the needs of their organization. Applicants must be available as an ICS instructor for their organization/locality during the 12 months following the course.

Prerequisites: Applicants must meet all of the following prerequisites to be considered for enrollment: Successful completion of accredited IS 100, IS 200, ICS 300, ICS 400, IS 700 and IS 800. As of May 2019 ICS update all certifications must be dated after May 2019. We also need verification of G191 (as of right now no date restrictions). Recognized qualification in techniques of instruction and adult education methodologies. Possess ICS practical experience or have served an as Incident Commander or in a command or general staff position, or have specialized knowledge and experience appropriate for the audience. Complete course application and have approval of their agency head.

Submit completed and signed application and all prerequisites (ICS completion certificates and proof of qualification in adult education) to VDEM Training, Education and Exercise Division no later than three weeks prior to course start email at For questions or if you need an application contact the ICS Academic Support Tech via email at

ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
This 21 hour course outlines how the NIMS Command and Coordination component supports the management of expanding incidents as well as describes the incident management processes as prescribed by ICS. This course has a threaded activity that will give students the opportunity to practice implementing the incident management process and create an Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a simulated expanding incident.

Prerequisites: IS-/ICS: 100, 200, 700, and 800

Target Audience: The target audience for this course is individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents. This includes Command and General Staff positions as well as Division/Group Supervisor and/or Unit Leader level positions that may be activated during an expanding incident that typically extend into multiple Operational Periods.

For questions contact the ICS Academic Support Tech via email at

ICS 400 Advanced ICS for Complex Incidents
ICS 400 is intended for an audience of experienced responders and other senior emergency management personnel who may perform in a management capacity for major or complex incidents (Type 1 or Type 2 incidents). Large and complex incidents that require the application of area command don’t happen often. Although this is an advanced ICS course, it is not intended to develop mastery of area command. The purpose of this course is to expose students to the concepts of utilizing area command in major and complex incidents.

Purpose: To expose ICS and other incident management practitioners to the concepts of using area command in major and complex incidents. The course expands upon information covered in the ICS 100, ICS 200, and ICS 300 prerequisite courses.

Prerequisites: ICS 100, 200, 300. Turn in copies on the first day of class unless contacted by Instructor or Course Manager.

Target Audience: Experienced senior emergency management personnel who may perform in a management capacity for major or complex incidents. This group includes individuals who may serve as the Incident Commander, as a member of a Unified Command, or as members of the Command or General Staff, or Multiagency Coordination Group/Emergency Operations Center (EOC) management for incidents that may use an Area Command.

For questions contact the ICS Academic Support Tech via email at