COVID-19 response

  • In-class courses may be delayed or cancelled. When possible, you will be contacted via email if your course has been affected.
  • Online course requests for eligible students will continue to be made a priority. All other training requests will be put on temporary hold.

For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Overview

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) offers a variety of emergency management courses specifically for elected officials and public service employees. Take these courses online or in a classroom setting. To request in-class training contact your AEMA Field Officer.

Changes in access to free online training

The Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation came into effect on January 1, 2020, and we re-aligned our training model with the new legislative requirements.

As of March 23, 2020, only primary students will have access to online emergency management courses. Details on how to submit your training request are in the enrolment section below. Note: we require proof of your affiliation with your agency. Please submit evidence of your affiliation along with your request.

Eligibility

Students eligible for online emergency management courses include:

  • municipal employees designated with a municipal emergency management role under the Emergency Management Act, including volunteer fire fighters
  • Government of Alberta employees with a role in emergency management, consequence management or business continuity
  • Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) who are members of the NGO council of Alberta
  • volunteers with search and rescue teams
  • RCMP members based in Alberta detachments
  • members of the Canadian Armed Forces based in Alberta only

Non-primary students will no longer have access to online emergency management courses. Non-primary students include:

  • anyone outside of the Province of Alberta
  • NGOs who are not members of the NGO council of Alberta
  • private businesses, private industries or individuals unaffiliated with any government organization
  • Alberta advanced education students in emergency management programs
  • public sector employees who do not have a direct role in Alberta’s emergency management system

Learn more about AEMA online training changes to access and how they could impact you.

AEMA Training Calendar

View upcoming course dates and details on the AEMA Training Calendar.

Emergency management course catalogue

Enrolment

To access free online courses, students must demonstrate they are a member of our primary training audience (see above for details).

Students can enrol by sending an email to aema.training@gov.ab.ca.

We require proof of your affiliation with your organization. The email must include:

  • first and last name of the student requesting the course
  • place of employment (when possible please include an email signature from your organization)
  • your role in Alberta’s emergency management system

Enrolment requests take up to 5 business days to process.

Incident Command System course catalogue

Incident Command System (ICS) training is available through AEMA or other approved training providers.

After January 1, 2020, those who wish to take ICS training must use ICS Canada approved training providers in order to meet ICS prerequisite requirements.

In-class courses include:

  • Incident Command System 100 (ICS-100)
  • Incident Command System 200 (ICS-200)
  • Incident Command System 300 (ICS-300)
  • Incident Command System 400 (ICS-400)

Online courses include:

  • Incident Command System 100 (ICS-100)
  • Incident Command System 200 (ICS-200)

ICS-200 online is not recognized by ICS Canada. You should confirm if your organization recognizes this training as a pre-requisite for ICS 300 prior to registering.

Additional information for ICS students and instructors:

If you would like to become an instructor, review the instructor standards document before completing the ICS instructor application form.

Completed forms can be sent to:

ICS Alberta
c/o Training Coordinator
Municipal Affairs
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
200 Park Plaza, 10611 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2P7
Email: aema.training@gov.ab.ca

Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation training requirements

The Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation provides direction on emergency management roles and responsibilities, including the training requirements for individuals who fill emergency management roles.

Emergency management training is required by legislation for:

  • municipal elected officials
  • Métis Settlement officials
  • improvement district councillors
  • special area board members
  • directors of emergency management
  • employees who have been assigned responsibilities respecting the implementation of a community’s emergency management plan

ICS compliance

As local authorities work towards fulfilling legislated training requirements, ICS certificates will be recognized as compliant with the regulation as follows:

  • Non-ICS Canada training certificates issued prior to January 1, 2020, will be considered compliant.
  • After January 1, 2020, only ICS Canada issued training certificates will be considered compliant, with the exception of AEMA I-200 Online.

Changes to the Local Authority Management Regulation have no impact on the required training pre-requisites for ICS Canada courses or training progression parameters. Course pre-requisites policies are established and maintained by ICS Canada.

Required courses and deadlines

Organization Student Course Deadline for completion
Municipalities and Metis Settlements Elected officials Municipal Elected Officials Within 90 days of being appointed or by January 1, 2021, whichever is later.
Directors of Emergency Management

Basic Emergency Management

Incident Command System (I-100, I-200, I-300)

Director of Emergency Management Course (PDF, 135 KB)

Within 18 months of being appointed as the director of a local authority's management agency or by July 1, 2020, whichever is later.
Employees assigned responsibilities to implement a community's emergency management plan

Basic Emergency Management

Incident Command System (I-100)

Within 6 months of being identified for this role, or by January 1, 2020.
Improvement Districts Each councillor (where a council has been established) Municipal Elected Officials Within 90 days of being appointed or by January 1, 2021, whichever is later.
If a council hasn't been established, each person to whom the Minister has delegated powers or duties under the Emergency Management Act as a local authority Municipal Elected Officials Within 90 days of being delegated those powers or duties or by January 1, 2021, whichever is later.
Special Areas Board Special Area Board members Municipal Elected Officials Within 90 days of being appointed or by January 1, 2021, whichever is later.

Contact

Connect with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-9000
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: aema.training@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
14515 122 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5L 2W4