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Advanced Professional Series (APS) 

The ability to perform essential work in a disaster requires skills in emergency operations and management. These skills may be developed through this series of courses that offers "how to" training focused on practical information. This series emphasizes applied skills in disaster operations, management and coordination.

The original Advanced Professional Series (APS) course lineup was first established on November 27, 2001, to motivate and challenge students to continue emergency management training. Courses include practical skills from the whole spectrum of emergency management and disaster duties. FEMA has relinquished the administration of the APS Program back to the States for certificate management

APS courses are classroom delivered courses unless otherwise noted. APS courses are delivered through the State Emergency Management Agency. Contact your State Training Officer for a schedule of offerings. State Training Officer contact information is included below:


Scott Sutherland
Training Point of Contact 
Texas Division of Emergency Management
scott.sutherland@dps.texas.gov
(512) 424-7197
Fax: (512) 424-5647

Required Courses

G-775 - EOC Management and Operations, or IS-775 EOC Management and Operations
G-191 - Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface, or E/L-449 ICS Train the Trainer*
G-557 - Rapid Assessment Workshop,
G-205 - Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role, or E210 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role*
G-318 – Mitigation Planning for Local Governments,

Elective Courses (choose any 5)

G-288 - Local Volunteer and Donations Management
G-364 - Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
E/G-202 - Debris Management Planning for State, Local and Tribal Officials*
G-386 - Mass Fatalities
G-361 - Flood Fight Operations
G-108 - Community Mass Care and Emergency Assistance
G-358 - Evacuation and Re-entry Planning
G-290 - Basic Public Information Officers, or E-388 Advanced Public Information Officer* or E/L-952 All Hazards Public Information Officer*
G-271 - Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness, or IS-271 - Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk, (Independent Study)
G-272 - Warning Coordination
E/L/K-146 - Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
G-235 - Emergency Planning
E/L/G-141 Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills
IEMC - One of the IEMC courses E900* Series
IS-703.a NIMS Resource Management, (Independent Study)
* All substitute E or L courses are subject to the Approval of the State Training Officer.

Once your 10 courses are completed and you have the certificates, email them to Scott Sutherland to be processed through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) chain of command for issuance of a Certificate of Completion.  When sending the certificates via email, please provide your mailing address to send the certificate to you.  Be advised may can take up to 30 days.  

There are no required prerequisites for the APS courses. It is recommended that individuals take IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 800 and/or the Professional Development Series (PDS) to have a better understanding of the concepts of the Advance Professional Series.


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