FEMA L-Courses

A FEMA EMI L course is a course that has been developed and maintained by the FEMA Emergency Management Institute staff.  An L course is a course that has been authorized for local delivery to select trained individuals.  These individuals (instructors) have completed a train the trainer session and have permission to deliver these courses on behalf of EMI.  The State Training Officer as the SAA for training must request permission to delivery L-courses prior to delivery.   L-courses are exactly the same as EMI E-courses, only that it is a local delivery.

The following are FEMA L-courses that the TEMA Instructor Team offers:

FEMA EMI’s Basic Academy consists of the L101, L102, L103, L 104 (L146), and L105.  They can be taken as a series or in part.  Once all five courses are completed the student will also graduate from the Basic Academy.)


L0101  Foundations of Emergency Management  - Updated Oct 2019                                       40 Hours

The Foundations course is 40 contact hours. Topics include history, legal issues, intergovernmental and interagency context, influencing, organizing, social vulnerability issues, managing stress, collaboration, preparedness, team building, protection and prevention, mitigation, response, ethical decision-making, recovery, technology, administration, and the future of emergency management.


·         IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System

·         IS-120: Introduction to Exercise

·         IS-200: ICS for Single Resources

·         IS-230: Fundamentals of Emergency Management

·         IS-235: Emergency Planning

·         IS-240: Leadership and Influencing

·         IS-241: Decision Making

·         IS-242: Effective Communication

·         IS-244: Developing and Managing Volunteers

·         IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction

·         IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction


L0102 – Science of Disaster – Basic Academy (3 Days) - Updated 5/3/21

This course is designed to provide the participants with an overview of scientific principles and concepts that shape our increasingly dangerous world. The contents of the course include the following: Introduction to Science of Disaster; Earth Science and National Hazards; Science of Natural Hazards; Prediction; Physical Science and Implications for Emergency Management; Biological and Chemical Threats; Explosive Threats; and, Radiological and Nuclear Threats.


L0103 – Planning: Emergency Operations – Basic Academy (2 Days) - Updated 5/3/21

This course is designed to give basic concepts and planning steps to those new to the field of emergency management so that they may apply planning discipline and skills to challenges in their jobs. The course content includes emergency management planning doctrine and steps to take to accomplish writing plans and using them to deal with special events, which are common challenges for all jurisdictions.


L0146 – Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) – Basic Academy (2 Days) - Updated 5/3/21

This is an intermediate-level course designed to describe the core principles and processes of HSEEP, its standardized methodology, available resources, and practical skill development, which will assist in developing an HSEEP consistent exercise program. The objectives of the course are to understand the role of HSEEP in National Preparedness, and how HSEEP exercise principles and methodology support efforts across the whole community to improve our national capacity to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities.

Prerequisites: IS0120.c, An Introduction to Exercises
Other Prerequisites: Recommended: IS0130, Exercise Evaluation and Improving Planning


L0105 – Public Information Basics – Basic Academy (3 Days) - Updated 5/3/21

To equip participants with the skills needed to be full or part-time PIOs, including oral and written communications; understanding and working with the media; and basic tools and techniques to perform effectively as a PIO, both in the proactive/ advocacy times and crisis/ emergency response.

Prerequisites: IS-29 Public Information Officer Awareness


L449: Incident Command System Curricula Train-the-Trainer (5 Days) - Updated 5/3/21

The goal of this 40-hour course is to prepare instructors to deliver Incident Command System Curricula related training courses.
Participants must have successfully:
• Completed the prerequisite courses
• Completed recognized training to achieve qualifications in techniques of instruction and adult education methodologies
• Must qualify as either a Lead or Unit instructor as noted in the NIMS Training Program
The student must demonstrate a working knowledge of ICS principles. They must have worked as an Incident Commander, in a Command or General Staff position(s) on incidents, planned events, or exercises that went longer than one operational period or involved a written incident action plan and involved multiple agency and/or jurisdictional coordination.

Participants must have successfully completed the most current version(s):
- Have completed a 40-hour Instructor Methodology / Fire Officer Instructor course
- ICS 0100 (IS-0100) Introduction to the Incident Command System
- ICS 0200 (IS-0200) Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response
- ICS 300 (E/L/G0300) Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents
- ICS 400 (E/L/G0400) Advanced ICS for Complex Incidents
- IS 0700, National Incident Management System, An Introduction
- IS 0800, National Response Framework, An Introduction
- ELG 0191, Emergency Operations Center/ICS Interface

L-0969 FEMA All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader (COML) Course

This offering is a three-day course, designed for all local, regional, tribal, and state/territory emergency response professionals and for support personnel with a communications background. It is designed to familiarize these professionals with the roles and responsibilities of a Communications Unit Leader (COML) under the NIMS ICS and to provide hands-on exercises that reinforce the lecture materials. Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) offers this course jointly with FEMA/EMI, as “L0969” NIMS ICS All Hazards Communications Unit Leader.”

Under the NIMS ICS structure, the COML is the focal point within the Communications Unit. This course provides DHS-approved and NIMS-compliant instruction to ensure that every state/territory has trained personnel capable of coordinating on-scene emergency communications during a multi-jurisdictional response or planned event. All OEC instructors are approved by DHS and have had extensive experience both as emergency responders and as COMLs.

The course is presented with facilitated lecture and hands-on exercises. It involves extensive interactive discussion and exercises. OEC/ICTAP instructors work through the discussions and exercises to explain in detail the processes used to achieve communication operability, interoperability, and how to incorporate additional communications solutions.

Selection Criteria:

NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position- Specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly assigned to functional, support and/or unit leader positions, or by those persons who desire to seek qualifications in those positions. They should have supervisory and personnel management skills and knowledge of local communications and communications systems. Additionally, they must possess knowledge of the local topography, system site locations and knowledge of their local, regional and State Communications Plan/contacts.


1. IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS), ICS-100;

2. IS-200.b, Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents;

3. G-300, Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for Expanding Incidents;

4. IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

5. IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction.