Colorado National Emergency Management Basic Academy

The basic academy is a gateway for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. Similar to basic academies operated by the fire service and law enforcement communities, the National Emergency Management Basic Academy (NEMBA) provides a foundational education in emergency management.

The goal of the basic academy is to support the early careers of emergency managers through a training experience combining knowledge of all fundamental systems, concepts and practices of cutting-edge emergency management. The academy provides shared classrooms of adult learners and skillful instructors resulting in a solid foundation upon which to build further studies and sound decisions.

2024 Academy Information

Classroom Course Requirements

The National Emergency Management Basic Academy consists of the following classroom courses. Attendance at each course is required. E/L0101, Foundations of Emergency Management, should be taken first but is not required. 


Twelve online Independent Study courses are required as prerequisites to the classroom courses. All eleven must be completed before submitting an application for E/L0101 and IS-29 must be completed before submitting an application for E/L0105.

  • IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness (a prerequisite for E/L0105)
  • IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • IS-120: Introduction to Exercise
  • IS-200: ICS for Single Resources
  • IS-230: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • IS-235: Emergency Planning
  • IS-240: Leadership and Influencing
  • IS-241: Decision Making
  • IS-242: Effective Communication
  • IS-244: Developing and Managing Volunteers
  • IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
  • IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

Target Audience

The National Emergency Management Basic Academy is designed for newly appointed emergency managers with less than three years of experience, including members of:

  • State, local, tribal and territorial homeland security or emergency services programs
  • Nongovernmental organizations voluntary agencies, or professional organizations
  • Private sector emergency management offices
  • College or university emergency management staff
  • FEMA, federal partners, military and emergency managers at other departments or agencies

Registration and Colorado Selection Process

Registration for NEMBA opened on Feb. 1, 2024.  Visit the application page to complete the form. The registration deadline is June 21, 2024. Our space is limited for this academy.  If your application is not selected for attendance there will be additional opportunities offered in the reply you receive. 

The NEMBA is a foundational curriculum for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. We encourage all qualified individuals who meet the standard selection criteria and prerequisite requirements to apply for all of the NEMBA classroom courses.

As an integral component of the Colorado NEMBA curriculum, students are required to register for each course within the basic academy to qualify for attendance. This prerequisite not only ensures eligibility but amplifies networking prospects within the Colorado regions.

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

  • There is no cost for tuition.
  • Lodging is on a first come first serve basis, reserved by policy only if your commute would be greater than 50 miles from home.
  • Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE) are the responsibility of your agency.

Instructions/Important Information for Participants

DHSEM strives to ensure inclusive, accessible meetings that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request accommodations or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact the DHSEM Integrated Preparedness Section by email at cdps_dhsem_training@state.co.us.