Sunday, September 16, 2012

Training: 2013 Registration Changes for NFA and FEMA EMI Courses


To reduce the risk of identity theft, FEMA, the National Fire Academy (NFA), and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) are eliminating the use of the Social Security Number (SSN), where possible.

One of those areas is when applying for any NFA or EMI training.

Who is affected?
Anyone applying for any of the courses listed below delivered on or after October 1, 2012.
  1. All NFA courses including State-sponsored courses
  2. EMI courses at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC), at the Noble Training Facility (NTF), or in the field (L courses).
What do I need to do?
Obtain a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number if you do not already have one from the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

How do I obtain my FEMA Student Identification (SID) number?

Step 1:  To register, go to
Step 2:  Click on the “Need a FEMA SID” box on the right side of the screen.
Step 3:  Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account.
Step 4:  You will receive an email with your SID number. You should save this number in a secure location.

What do I do with this new SID number I’ve been assigned?

The SID number must be used in place of the SSN on your General Admissions Application
(FEMA Form 119-25-1, Box 3) and the General Admissions Application Short Form (FEMA
Form 119-25-2,Box 3) for any courses that begin on or after October 1, 2012.

Why is it important to register and obtain an SID?
Applications for any NFA or EMI courses that begin on or after October 1, 2012, and do not include the training registration number will not be processed until the FEMA SID is provided to NETC Admissions.

Please contact the NETC Admissions office if you have any questions regarding this change to the admissions process.
Admissions Office, Room I-216
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8998
Phone: (301) 447 - 1035
Fax: (301) 447 - 1658

How to apply for a FEMA Independent Study course (Online Course)

  • Select a course from our course list.
  • Review course materials by choosing any one of the options.
  • You will enroll in this course when you complete the online answer sheet for the final exam and will be notified by Independent Study Office via email. The link to the final exam questions and online answer sheet submission page is found at the end of each course overview page.

How to apply for a course held in EMI (On-Campus Course)

Enrollment Policies / Eligibility

Enrollment in EMI courses is generally limited to U.S. residents; however, each year a limited number of international participants are accommodated in EMI courses. To take a course at EMI, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each course. Participants may not take the same course more than once.

Foreign Applicant Policies

A very limited number of opportunities exist for non-U.S. citizens to attend EMI courses. Click here for more Foreign Application information.

Application Timeline

Seats are filling up fast, so it's important to apply early. Please click here for EMI on-campus courses application timelines.

Application Procedures

Please follow the instructions below to apply an EMI course.
  • EMI On-Campus Course Applications Tips ADOBE PDF Document
  • Download and fill out the General Admission Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1 (Previously 75-5) below
  • Complete and sign the application form (Please fill out all blanks on the form completely or it will be returned). This application must be coordinated, reviewed, and approved by:
  • Send completed application(s) to:
    Admissions Office, Room I-216
    National Emergency Training Center
    16825 South Seton Avenue
    Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8998
    Phone: (301) 447 - 1035
    Fax: (301) 447 - 1658

After each application period

  • NETC staff will review the applications and notify applicants regarding their status as noted above.
  • EMI will post any remaining vacancies on the EMI Web site and interested personnel may continue to apply. EMI will fill vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis.

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