FEMA - Independent Study Courses

Training Courses

FEMA offers self-paced courses designed for people who have business continuity and emergency management responsibilities. All are offered free-of-charge and University staff are encouraged to complete introductory courses depending on their specific responsibilities. FEMA’s Independent Study Program offers courses that support the nine mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal and supports both Business Continuity Planning and Emergency Management initiatives to ensure a safe, resilient campus community.

Business Continuity Planning

The courses listed for Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) training may help to educate University staff responsible for maintaining COOP plans. The courses will describe the Continuity Management Cycle and how it should be used to develop sound continuity of operations plans. Although this course directly addresses continuity requirements for Federal Executive branch organizations, the course is also useful to State, local, territorial, and tribal governments. Each course will assist University staff to:

Define Continuity of Operations.
Identify the legal basis for Continuity of Operations.
Describe the structure of the continuity planning team.
Explain the continuity program management cycle.
Identify the phases of continuity.
Recognize the steps in the continuity planning model.

IS - 546.a, Continuity of Operations Awareness Course

IS - 547.a, Introduction to Continuity of Operations

IS - 548, Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Program, Manager


Emergency Management

The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized on-scene emergency management construct specifically designed to provide for the adoption of an integrated organizational structure that reflects the complexity and demands of single or multiple incidents, without being hindered by jurisdictional boundaries. ICS is the combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure, desigend to aid in the management of resources during incidents. UNC Charlotte will employ the ICS during a campus emergency or disaster and University staff will be required to follow its guidelines.

At the completion of the following courses, University staff should be familiar with:

ICS applications in incidents at higher education institutions
ICS organizational principles and elements
ICS position and responsibilities
ICS facilities and functions
ICS planning.

Introductory courses

IS - 100.HE, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) for Higher Education

IS - 120.a, Introduction to Exercises

IS - 700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

IS - 800.b, National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction

Intermediate level courses

IS - 130, Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

IS - 200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

Advance level courses

IS - 139, Exercise Design

IS - 242.a, Effective Communications

IS - 775, EOC Management and Operations