Online emergency management courses

Courses to help you understand the Alberta emergency management framework and your role during a disaster.

Services and information

Learn the basics of emergency management to better help your communities when disaster strikes.

Learn how you can help evacuees as an emergency social services worker.

An introduction to the principles of exercise design, an awareness of some of the challenges and benefits, and the vocabulary used.

Learn about the Incident Command System standardized management system and complete training, which includes ICS 100 and ICS 200.

This course is designed for elected officials and helps them to be prepared when disaster strikes.

Learn why scribing is an important part of emergency management, how to scribe and scribing best practices.

COVID-19 response

  • Online course requests for eligible students will continue to be made a priority, but may experience delays.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person training for ICS-200, ICS-300, and the Director of Emergency Management (DEM) Course has been placed on hold.
  • A six-month extension was recently granted for Directors of Emergency Management to complete the prescribed courses, approved by the Managing Director of AEMA under the authority of Section 13(1) of the Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation.


Understanding emergency management and your role during a disaster is an essential. These online courses will teach you about the Alberta emergency management framework and the important role you may undertake during a disaster.

Changes in access to free online training

The Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation came into effect on January 1, 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. We require proof of your affiliation with your agency. Please submit evidence of your affiliation along with your request.


Primary 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 (submit proof of membership)
  • RCMP members based in Alberta detachments
  • Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (with proof of their supervisor’s approval) and 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 that 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.

Emergency Management Act

Bill 9, the Emergency Management Amendment Act came into effect on March 20, 2020 to address the growing need for local and provincial states of emergencies to exist concurrently during emergencies and disasters. We are updating our course material to reflect these amendments.

Detailed information about the legislation that outlines Alberta’s emergency management framework is available on the Emergency Management Legislation page.



For most courses, once you complete the course you’ll be able to print your course certificate. If you are having difficulties printing your course certificate email


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

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.


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)

Alberta Emergency Management Agency
14515 122 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5L 2W4