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 will provide 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.

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.  The registration deadline is December 1, 2022. Students must register separately for each of these courses.  


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 target audience is Colorado career local and tribal emergency managers. The 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; and FEMA, federal partners, military and emergency managers at other departments or agencies.  

Academy Dates (FY23)

  • February 27 – March 3, 2023: L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management
    • Registration Deadline: December 1, 2023
  • March 27 – March 29, 2023: L0102 Science of Disaster
    • Registration Deadline: December 1, 2023
  • March 30 – March 31, 2023: L0103 Planning: Emergency Operations
    • Registration Deadline: December 1, 2023
  • April 24 – April 25, 2023: L0146 HSEEP
    • Registration Deadline: December 1, 2023
  • April 26 – April 28, 2023: L0105 Public Information Basic
    • Registration Deadline: December 1, 2023


  • South Metro Fire Rescue; 9195 E Mineral Avenue Centennial, Colo. 80112


Registration for this course can be found online. You will register for each course online with EMI on the FEMA EMI Website.

The EMI link redirects to the EMI course overviews.  Students must register for each course in the basic academy.

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

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

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 by January 27, 2023, at 12 p.m. MT.