People can take online Incident Command System, or ICS, independent-study courses only through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, according to the website. FEMA provides the online ICS courses free of charge, as of June 2015. Each trainee must register for a FEMA Student Identification number, which is required for exams.
The National Incident Management System oversees FEMA training and ensures the integrity of core curricula. As the sole provider of ICS training, FEMA ensures the integrity of course materials. All trainees receive the same instruction regardless of their location. For this reason, there are no other educational institutions that offer ICS training.