Thursday, August 14, 2014

Continuity of Operations Excellence Series, Level I – Professional Continuity Practitioner and Level II – Master Professional Continuity Practitioner,

Over the past six years, National Continuity Programs (NCP) and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) have developed and fielded continuity training to enhance the development and implementation of Federal and non-Federal Continuity Programs.  The Continuity of Operations Excellence Series, Level I – Professional Continuity Practitioner and Level II – Master Professional Continuity Practitioner, was established in coordination with EMI in April 2008 to enhance the excellence in Continuity Training Programs.

Effective 1 October 2014, the following two courses will be required as part of Level I:

IS 248: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the American Public
IS 545: Reconstitution Planning Workshop

IS 248: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS):
The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office designed this course to provide the American Public with an introduction to IPAWS. It identifies the key features and benefits of IPAWS and the authorities responsible for sending alert and warning messages. It also describes the actions you can take before and during an emergency to protect yourself and your loved ones.  As a continuity program manager this can be a trigger to activate your continuity plan.

IS 545:  Reconstitution Planning Workshop:
This course is based on the guidance to the Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies for developing Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plans and Programs. The purpose of the Reconstitution Planning Workshop is to assist Federal Department and Agency, State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions with the importance of developing effective and comprehensive reconstitution planning.

Effective immediately, the following change has been made for Level II requirement due to the increase number of independent study courses available.  NCP has decreased the instructing/facilitating requirement from two courses to one course.

Instruct/Facilitate one of the following:

E/L/G 548: Continuity of Operations Manager’s T-t-T Course
E/L 550: Continuity of Operations Planner’s T-t-T Workshop
E/L/G 551: Devolution Planning Workshop
E/L 554: Determined Accord Pandemic Preparedness Workshop  
E/L 553: Resilient Accord Workshop
E/L 556: Guardian Accord Workshop
E/L 549: Reconstitution Planning Workshop
E/L 557: MEF Workshop
E/L 141: Instructional Presentation & Evaluation Skills Course


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Level I - Professional Continuity Practitioner Requirements

§  IS 546.a: Continuity of Operations Awareness Course

§  IS 547.a: Introduction to Continuity of Operations

§  IS 242.a or equivalent E/L/G course: Effective Communication

Complete one of the following:

§  E/L/G 548 or IS 548: Continuity of Operations Program Managers T-t-T Course
§  G 549: Continuity of Operations Program Manager Course
§  MGT 331 University of Maryland Preparing the States Continuity Course

Complete one of the following:

§  E/L/G 550 or IS 524: Continuity of Operations Planner’s T-t-T Workshop
§  L 552: Continuity of Operations for Tribal Government Course

Complete one of the following:

§  IS 100.b: Intro to Incident Command System (ICS)
§  ICS 100: Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
§  ICS 200: Incident Command System (ICS) 
§  IS 200.b:  Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

§  E/L 549 or IS 545: Reconstitution Planning Workshop

§  IS 248: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the American Public

§  IS 230.c: Fundamentals of Emergency Management or equivalent E/L/G course: Principles of Emergency Management


§  IS 700.a: Intro to National Incident Management System (NIMS)

§  IS 800.b: A National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction
Complete one of the following:

§  E 136: Exercise Development Course  (limited to EMI Resident MEPP candidates)
§  IS 139: Exercise Design
§  E/L 547: Continuity Exercise Design Course (CEDC)

Complete one of the following:

§  E/L 554:  Pandemic Influenza (PI) Determined Accord Workshop
§  IS 520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas and IS 522: Exercising Continuity Plans for Pandemic Course (both Independent Study courses are required)
§  E/L 553 or IS 523: Resilient Accord Cyber Security Planning Workshop
§  E/L 556 or IS 525: Guardian Accord Terrorism Awareness Workshop
§  E/L 557 or IS 526: MEF Workshop

§  NARA/CoSA Vital Records Training (optional, recommended) – www.nara.gov



Level II - Master Continuity Practitioner Requirements

§  Applicants must attain a Continuity Excellence Series – Level I, Professional Continuity Practitioner
§  IS 130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning or E 132 (limited to EMI Resident MEPP candidates) or
G130 Exercise Evaluation

§  IS 240.a or equivalent E/L/G course:  Leadership and Influence

§  E/L/G 551 or IS 551: Devolution Planning Workshop
Complete one of the following:

§  E/L 156 or IS 156: Building Design for Homeland Security T-t-T Course for Continuity of Operations
§  E/L 153: Building Design for Homeland Security for Continuity of Operations

Complete one of the following:

§  E/L 262: Instructional Delivery for Subject Matter Experts
§  G 265: Instructional Delivery Skills (formerly G 261: Instructional Presentation Skills)
§  E 605: Instructional Delivery
§  E/L 141: Instructional Presentation & Evaluation Skills Course

Instruct/Facilitate one of the following:

§  *E/L/G 548: Continuity of Operations Manager’s T-t-T Course
§  *E/L 550: Continuity of Operations Planner’s T-t-T Workshop
§  *E/L/G 551: Devolution Planning Workshop
§  *E/L 554: Determined Accord Pandemic Preparedness Workshop  
§  *E/L 553: Resilient Accord Workshop
§  *E/L 556: Guardian Accord Workshop
§  *E/L 549: Reconstitution Planning Workshop
§  *E/L 557: MEF Workshop
§  *E/L 141: Instructional Presentation & Evaluation Skills Course

§  *Written Comprehensive Exam (150 questions) – Applicants are eligible to take the comprehensive exam once they have completed all Level I and Level II requirements. A score of 70% is required for passing. 

* Please send email to FEMA-Continuity-Practitioner@fema.dhs.gov for additional information.

Previous EMI versions of courses listed are acceptable in lieu of current course version.

All Independent Study (IS) courses can found at http://training.fema.gov/is and by clicking on ISP COURSE LIST. 


Request Continuity Practitioner Certificates

·        Emergency Management Institute will issue all certificates
·        Level I and Level II requests must be accompanied by copies of all required course certificates or an official EMI transcript
·        Send certificate requests and copies of certificates or official EMI transcript to mailbox
DHS/FEMA/NCP/COOP, Attn: Training Manager, Room 515, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472-3154
·        Please include your name, organization, work address or home address, email address and phone number
·        Expect to wait up to 6 weeks to receive your certificate
Request to take Written Comprehensive Exam (150 questions)

·        You must have completed all requirements for Level I
·        You must have completed all requirements for Level II
·        Facilitating/Instructing Requirement – Provide an email or letter from Lead Instructor with
Course Title, Dates, and Course Location
·        Send copy of your Level I certificate, copy of Level II course certificates or official EMI transcript, and Facilitating/Instructing email or letter to mailbox FEMA-CONTINUITY-PRACTITIONER@DHS.GOV or mail to
DHS/FEMA/NCP/COOP, Attn: Training Manager, Room 515, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472-3154
·        Once all requirements are verified, a date to complete the Written Comprehensive Exam will be provided



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