Emergency Management Training Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who should attend emergency management training courses?


    Emergency Management Coordinators and other officials who have responsibilities in some aspect of emergency management should attend training. Personnel from police, fire, EMS, health, environmental protection, public works and educational agencies are encouraged to participate in the appropriate courses. The courses will increase management skills during the performance of day to day responsibilities, as well as in emergency response. Members of volunteer organizations, private non-profit agencies, and business and industry personnel who have emergency planning or response functions are also eligible for enrollment.

  2. How much does it cost to take a course?


    All NJOEM training courses all delivered free of charge.

  3. What days and times are courses held?


    Most courses are held on weekdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. At times, alternate scheduling of courses is arranged, including nights and weekends.

  4. Can I get a copy of the current schedule?


    The schedule is posted on the NJOEM Calendar and is updated as needed.

  5. How can I apply to attend a course?


    Use the NJOEM Application [pdf] to apply for courses. Applicants selected for training will be notified of their acceptance approximately three to four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

  6. Do classes have waiting lists?


    YES. Class size is limited so there is usually a waiting list for all courses, early application is recommended. Students are accommodated as spaces become available. Be sure to provide emergency contact information on your application (mobile phone) so you can be confirmed if space becomes available.

  7. Where are training courses held?


    Courses are held at the ROIC at NJSP Division Headquarters in West Trenton, NJ, or at county facilities throughout the state. Students will be provided directions to the training site with their acceptance letter. Field courses are open to participants from all twenty-one counties. Rules of the host county regarding parking, smoking, food in classrooms, etc. should be respected. Lunch is "on your own" and overnight accommodations are not provided.

  8. Will I get a certificate for the course?


    Every student who completes a course will receive a certificate of completion from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. Each student will need to maintain their own training records as NJOEM does not provide transcripts of past training.

  9. How can I request a particular FEMA course be delivered in my town, county or for my agency?


    YES. It is understood that personal and professional commitments often prohibit attendance at a training site that necessitates long commutes and consecutive full days of instruction. Alternative field offerings permit those members of the emergency management community to receive the training they believe to be beneficial to themselves and their programs. However, these needs must be balanced by the availability of instructors, the number of courses on the yearly schedule, availability of an appropriate training site, and the potential for a class size of a least 16 students.

    We encourage those who desire emergency management training, unique or specialized training, business and industry training, or public officials conferences for members of their community and neighboring jurisdictions to contact the:

    Or, by contacting any of the instructors in the Training & Exercise Unit. Any course delivered by the NJOEM Field Training Unit at any location must be open to emergency response, management personnel and allied agencies statewide.

  10. What do I do if I cannot attend a course?


    If you have applied but have not received confirmation, please contact the Training & Exercise Staff so your application can be removed to make space for additional training applicants. If you have been confirmed to attend a course, please contact Ted Cashel at 609-882-2000 extension 6214 as promptly as possible so that your seat may be offered to someone on the waiting list. Failure to make timely notification for course withdrawals/absences may jeopardize your enrollment in future courses.

  11. Are continuing education credits/units (CECs/CEUs) offered for training courses?


    Participants who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate. Each student should retain their certificate and relevant course materials to make their own applications for credits from accrediting agencies. Most accrediting bodies will require proof of attendance and course content. NJOEM does not provide transcripts so please keep your own complete records.

    NJSP FTU will as appropriate request CECs from NJ OEMS and Div. of Fire Safety.

  12. How can I attend classes at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Maryland?


    EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution, and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training.

    Training and accommodations are free to local, county and State first responders.

    EMI is located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC), Emmitsburg, Maryland which is 10 miles south of Gettysburg Pa.

    You can go to the EMI web site for information on the courses they offer as well as instructions on how to download an the FEMA training application form.

    All applications must be forwarded to the NJSP Office of Emergency Management, Training & Exercise Unit for approval."  Send completed applications to: ftu@gw.njsp.org.

    Please make sure all applications are complete and include the new FEMA Student Identification (SID) number. Make sure you attach proof of any prerequisite training that may be required for a particular course.

    For any questions call 609-963-6962