EMD Certification

Under 20 V.S.A. § 6, each Vermont town and city must establish a local organization for emergency management that is in accordance with the state emergency management plan and program.  In an effort to provide local emergency management organizations with the basic knowledge to effectively manage local disasters, the state emergency management program has recently updated its Emergency Management Certification Program.  This new program is designed for individuals that may work within the local emergency management organization and includes 70 hours of blended learning curriculum. 

EMD Certificaton Curriculum:


  • ICS 100 Introduction to Incident Command System (3 hours) 
  • ICS 200 Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (3 hours) 
  • IS-120a An Introduction to Exercises (5 hours)
  • IS-230d Fundamentals of Emergency Management (6 hours) 
  • IS-235b Emergency Planning (5 hours)
  • IS-240b Leadership and Influence (3 hours) 
  • IS-241b Decision Making and Problem Solving (2 hours)
  • IS-242b Effective Communication (8 hours) 
  • IS-244b Developing and Managing Volunteers (4 hours)


Practical Application

  • Participate (as an observer, planner, player or evaluator) in at least one Table Top Exercise (TTX) delivered at the state or local level (6 hours) 
  • Participate (as an observer, planner, player or evaluator) in at least one Operations-based exercise delivered at the state or local level (8 hours) 

If participating as an observer:

  • Prior to your observation, you must complete IS-120a An Introduction to Exercises;
  • After the exercise, you must meet with the Exercise Director to review what you learned using the Observation Questionnaire as a guide.

For those looking to participate in a Practical Application exercise, VEM occasionally has exercises with opportunities to observe. If interested, please fill out the participation request and you will be contacted when there are availabilities: Practical Application Exercise participation request

Upon completion of all the curriculum, individuals will be:

  • Presented with a State of Vermont Emergency Management Director Certificate.
  • Highlighted as Certified Vermont Emergency Management Directors on the Vermont Emergency Management website and recognized at the annual Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference.
  • Eligible to receive the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Professional Development Series Certification.

Trained, professional Emergency Managers are the cornerstone of effective local emergency management organizations. 

How to become a certified EMD:

To apply for your Emergency Management Director Certification, submit your EMD Certification Program Application following the included instructions. 


If you have any questions about the Emergency Management Director Certification Program, including questions about the previous certification levels, please reach out to the Vermont Emergency Management State Training Officer.

Vermont Certified EMDs as of 01/07/2021

  • Doug Babcock, St Michaels College
  • Chris Bell, Vermont Department of Health
  • Jeff Campbell, Town of Warren
  • Scott Carpenter, Vermont Department of Health
  • Richard Cogliano, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Jonathan DeLaBruere, Town of Duxbury
  • Carol Fano, EMC – Town of Hyde Park
  • Eric Forand, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Alec Guzauckas, St Michael’s College
  • Emily Harris, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Erik Haversang, St. Michael's College
  • Glenn Herrin, Vermont Emergency Management
  • John Keating, Town of Milton
  • Ian Kilburn, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Laney Knapp, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Victoria Littlefield, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission
  • Martin Maloney, South Burlington Police Department
  • Brittany Marquette, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Bob Morlino, Town of Pawlet
  • Alexander Northern, Norwich Fire Chief/EMD
  • Adam Ochs, Town of Lewisboro, NY
  • Scott Parizo, St Michaels College
  • Steven Ragno, St. Michaels College
  • Matthew Romei, Capital Police
  • Andrew Setchell, St Michael’s College
  • Jessica Stolz, DPS – Homeland Security Unit
  • Matthew Thompson, St Michael’s College

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