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IPEM Application Process

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A copy of the applicant’s highest educational degree received is required. This could include a BS/BA, associates degree, high school or GED diploma. (If the diploma is unavailable, the applicant should submit whatever documentation they have available to show that they completed one of these levels.



The following training courses must be successfully completed:

  • Illinois Professional Development Series Certificate
  • EOC Management and Operations
  • Disaster Assistance Process
  • Debris Management
  • IS 393.a Introduction to Mitigation
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • IS 700.a Introduction to NIMS
  • IS 701.a NIMS Multiagency Coordination Systems(MACS)
  • IS 702.a NIMS Public Information Systems
  • IS 703.a NIMS Resource Management
  • IS 800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • ICS 400*
  • Additional 12 hours of IEMA/FEMA/IESMA, or other related agency, sponsored training.**

* Either Command and General Staff or All Hazard Incident Management Training courses can be substituted for ICS 400.

** Only 8 hours (a minimum of 2 hours per course) can come from non-IPEM required FEMA Independent Study courses, College level courses can also be used.

*** Successfully completed college level courses, disaster/emergency management or management, can be used to meet the 12 required hours. Please see the following scale:

# of Semester Hours 1 and above # of Additional Training Hours 12

To validate these courses, the applicant is required to submit the following:

  • Official college transcript identifying courses/# of semester hours

  • Official course description and agenda

Although only classroom courses will be accepted, applicants can request web-based courses be accepted by providing a detailed explanation of the required time commitment.



Documentation that the applicant has participated in a functional or full-scale exercise. This documentation must include:

  • A detailed 1-2 paragraph narrative (included in the IPEM Application Form) describing the specific exercise function that the applicant was assigned. The acceptable positions include; Exercise Director or Co-Director, Lead Controller, Lead Evaluator and MSEL/Injects Writing Team Member. The description should provide details on what the applicant learned from their involvement in the exercise. Add as much detail as needed to allow the IPEM Review Committee to have a thorough understanding of the applicant's involvement.

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    Exercise Director/Co-Director
    Lead Evaluator
    Lead Controller
    Injects Writing/MSEL Team

  • A letter from the Exercise/Co-Director or the IEMA central or regional office verifying that the applicant accomplished the tasks related to the position the applicant has identified they were assigned and the information included in the narrative.

  • Copies of any specific exercise-related items that the applicant’s involvement helped to produce. These items could include, but not be limited to, the exercise objectives, master sequence of events, copies of messages/evaluator notes, after-action-report (AAR) and improvement plan (IP). All documents must be submitted using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) format.


Submit a letter validating the documented role, number of years in the role and a copy of current job description. Acceptable sources of the letter include: current supervisor or past supervisor (within the required number of years), Emergency Management Officials (Municipal, County, State or Federal), and Chief Elected Official in your jurisdiction.


EXPERIENCE (by date of application)

  • 3 years Emergency Management Role at the Municipal, County, State, or Federal level (full, part-time, or volunteer) At least 1 year must be Illinois based

  • 2 years Emergency Management Role, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management or Homeland Security, at the Municipal, County, State, or Federal level (full, part-time or volunteer) At least 1 year must be Illinois based

  • 5 years Public Safety Role Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Public Health, Military, National Weather Service, Human Services, Non-Governmental Organizations* At least 1 year must be Illinois based

  • 5 years Private Sector Risk Management, Safety, Emergency Management Preparedness Specialist, Security/Emergency Response Specialist, Security Coordinator, Access Control Coordinator* At least 1 year must be Illinois based

*Applicant may petition IPEM Review Committee for roles not listed above



New Applicants will complete 5 of the 20 current contributions. Description of contributions and needed documentation.


IPEM Accreditation Application Process

An IPEM application must be received by IEMA with a post mark no later than July 15th for consideration of accreditation for that particular year. The IPEM application must include the following:

  • A letter to the Director of IEMA requesting IPEM accreditation.

  • A copy of the completed application form.

  • A copy of the education level documentation.

  • A copy of all appropriate training course completion certificates or transcripts. (It is the responsibility of the applicant to maintain a record of course completion certificates or other appropriate supporting documentation.) A copy of the applicant’s transcript is available by accessing the IEMA on-line registration link on the IEMA website. No certificates are to be submitted if the course is included on the applicant’s transcript.

  • A copy of the required exercise documentation.

  • A copy of the reference letter verifying experience

  • A copy of documentation needed for 5 Professional Contributions.

  • Please submit all documents staple free and unbound. Please submit only the documents required as listed above.

The application packet should be mailed to:

    IEMA Director
    2200 South Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, Illinois 62703-4528
    Attn: IPEM Application - Lori McTaggart
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