NEMBA Application

The National Emergency Management Basic Academy (NEMBA) serves as a great starting point for individuals interested in a career in emergency management. It operates in a manner similar to basic academies within the fire service and law enforcement communities. NEMBA aims to provide a strong educational foundation in the field of emergency management.

The primary objective of the basic academy is to support the early stages of emergency managers' careers by offering comprehensive training that covers the essential systems, concepts, and modern practices in emergency management. The academy features a learning environment where adult learners share classrooms with skilled instructors, resulting in a solid knowledge base that can serve as a strong platform for further studies and informed decision-making.

The Basic Academy consists of five classroom courses, comprising three weeks (15 days, 120 hours) of learning. To earn the certificate(s), you must attend a minimum of 90% of the course session(s) and score 75% or higher on the post-course exam(s).

Helpful Hints in Applying for Academy

Have all the course prerequisite certificates ready and available to you.  This application form will ask you to upload these files.  Alternatively for this application you may upload your FEMA Independent Study (IS) transcript.  Please highlight the twelve courses on the transcript so you know they are all there and they are easily identifiable to us as we will review each application. The prerequisites are:

  • 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 IntroductionIS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

Bringing NEMBA to Colorado aims to provide not only knowledge transfer but also networking opportunities. While you have the option to enroll in specific courses, those looking to complete the entire Colorado NEMBA program will be given priority during the selection process. This prioritization is designed to foster networking among participants and promote a more comprehensive learning experience.

We have moved the academy to a new venue to open more seats but there are only 40 seats available.  

Selection Criteria for the Colorado NEMBA

  • Application Time Stamp
  • 2023 Application
  • Course Selection
  • All Years of Service
  • Multiple Applicants from the same Agency (space is limited)
  • Colorado Resident

Once you submit the application, you'll receive a confirmation email indicating that we've received your application. Save this email.  If you can no longer attend, please let us know.  Note: agencies cannot replace one applicant with another; instead, the next qualified applicant on the list will be offered the space.

Application Deadline

The Colorado NEMBA application deadline is June 21, 2024. We aim to respond to all applicants by July 15, 2024. We will maintain a waitlist and keep you informed about your position on the list during the notification process. If your position on the waitlist advances, we will ensure you stay updated throughout the process.

If selected, we will provide more information on registering for the NEMBA courses through FEMA's NETC online application. Registering for the courses requires a specific code, which will be provided to approved applicants.

Academy Dates

The L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management course starts August 26.

Additional schedule details will be added. 


Use this form to apply for the 2024 National Emergency Management Basic Academy