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Yes. As of April 1, 2015, you will be required to use a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number. Follow these steps to register for a SID

Students who have taken courses in the past under their social security number can contact our office at 301-447-1200 to have their records merged under their FEMA SID number.

For FEMA employees (full/part time, reservists and CORE), we recommend you first attempt the IS course via FEKC. If the course is not listed in FEKC, register using your SID

No, a user name and password is NOT required to complete an IS course. You will sign into the exam with your FEMA SID and LAST NAME.

Please see the How do I take an Independent Study course online FAQ for more information.

Independent Study Exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have a SID, register for one today: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid.


Please do not contact the Independent Study program office as they are unable to provide assistance with these requests.

If you have a non-SID related inquiry regarding the FEMA Independent Study Program, NIMS or other Emergency Management Institute (EMI) related requests such as: requests for certificates, transcripts, online test scores/results, please contact the FEMA Independent Study program office at 301-447-1200 or email [email protected] for further assistance. 

Please do not contact the FEMA SID Help Desk as they are unable to provide assistance with these requests.

The primary audience for the Independent Study Program is first responders, EMS personnel and US citizens. The Independent Study Program has no requirements for instructors to teach our courses; however, we do suggest the instructor is familiar with the course materials before teaching the course.

Reviewing the material, taking and passing the exam online and reviewing any classroom materials provided are suggested ways to familiarize yourself with the material.

All exams must be submitted online at http://training.fema.gov/IS

ICS-300 and ICS-400 can be taught on campus, in the field or at the state-level; therefore we recommend contacting your State Training Office for course training information.

For contact information, visit www.fema.gov/emergency-management-agencies.

ICS-300 and ICS-400 courses are not administered by the EMI Independent Study Program; therefore, we do not maintain completion records.

ICS-300 and ICS-400 can be taught on campus, in the field or at the state-level; therefore, we recommend contacting the agency that provided your training to inquire about your certificates.

Upon successful completion of the exam, a certificate will be emailed within 1-2 business days. This email confirms your transcript has been updated and provides a link to access your electronic certificate. The certificate will be in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

Adobe Reader is required to open the certificate. If you do not have this software, it can be obtained as a free download at http://www.adobe.com.

Exams are scored in an automated system to eliminate the opportunity for scoring errors. In order to maintain the integrity of our courses, we do not distribute test scores or questions missed. Our exams are based upon pass/fail criteria with the benchmark for successful completion set at 75%. Our program does not limit your exam attempts.

Please be aware that online exams are scrambled and the questions may change when you take the final exam. Be sure to read test questions and answer choices carefully.