Mandated by California’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), and Federal Emergency Management Agency courses. All courses offered in customized classroom formats. SEMS and NIMS trainings also offered in online formats.

SEMS Introduction

The California’s SEMS Introductory Course provides the participant with a basic understanding of the Standardized Emergency Management System, common terms associated with SEMS, where the participant will likely fit into SEMS, and what is required of them to work within and support a SEMS response.


California’s SEMS Emergency Operations Center (EOC Course) enhances the participant’s capability to competently manage or fill a position in an EOC. The course discusses managing an inter-agency major emergency or disaster response within an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or Department Operations Center (DOC) using the five functions specified in SEMS: Management, Operations, Planning/Intelligence, Logistics, Finance/Administration.

EOC Section-Specific Trainings

California’s SEMS Emergency Operations Center Section-Specific Trainings focus on individual positions within one of the five SEMS sections: Management, Operations, Planning/Intelligence, Logistics, Finance/Administration.

National Incident Management System Orientation (NIMS 700)

NIMS 700 introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

Incident Command System Introduction (ICS 100)

ICS 100 is an overview of the basic components of the Incident Command System. Recommended attendees include: entry level first responders (including firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services providers, public works on-scene personnel, public health on-scene personnel, and other emergency responders) and other personnel with an assigned role during an emergency.

Incident Command System Basic (ICS 200)

ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System. ICS 200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

National Response Framework, An Introduction (IS 800)

The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework (NRF). The Framework serves as the federal government’s “response plan”. The course identifies the roles and responsibilities of federal agencies and entities as specified in the National Response Framework. Actions that support national response, response organizations used for multiagency coordination, and how planning relates to national preparedness are all covered in the course.

FEMA Professional Development Series (PDS)

FEMA’s Professional Development Series includes seven of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute independent study courses that provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for those in the emergency management profession. Many students build on this foundation to develop their careers in or supporting the field of emergency management. After successfully completing all 7 required PDS courses, a PDS certificate is automatically mailed to you from FEMA. Emergency Planning Consultants is ready to deliver any of those courses onsite at a location of your choice.

  • An Introduction to Exercises

  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management

  • Emergency Planning

  • Leadership & Influence

  • Decision Making and Problem Solving

  • Effective Communication

  • Developing and Managing Volunteers

FEMA Independent Study Courses

FEMA maintains more than 100 independent study courses that are available through FEMA’s website. Emergency Planning Consultants is ready to deliver any of those courses onsite at a location of your choice.