IS-700.A is a free three-hour course offered by the independent study program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Management Institute. The course serves as an introduction to and overview of the National Incident Management System for people with emergency management responsibilities, including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
The National Incident Management System provides a consistent template that enables the government and organizations nationwide to work together during domestic incidents. While the course provides a basic introduction to this system, it is not designed to replace position-specific training. The program is open to all U.S. residents with a valid mailing address. Active duty members may be eligible to apply the completion of the course toward promotion and retention programs in some branches of the military.
There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the IS-700.A course. Upon completion of the course, students are able to describe the intent, key concepts, principles and components of the National Incident Management System. Students are awarded 0.3 continuing education units upon completion. The ISP courses are evaluated and awarded CEUs in accordance with the standards established by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training, as stated in the independent study program course brochure. Courses may also be eligible for lower division academic credits.