Independent Study Program (ISP)

ISP Courses

The Professional Development Series includes seven Emergency Management Institute independent study courses that provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for those in the emergency management profession. Many students build on this foundation to develop their careers.

After successfully completing all 7 required PDS courses through the Independent Study program, a PDS certificate is automatically issued via US Postal Service to the mailing address provided on your last exam submission.

Course Name:
Exercise Design
Course Code:
IS-139
Delivery Type:
Self-Study
Course Name:
Fundamentals of Emergency Management
Course Code:
IS-230.a
Delivery Type:
Self-Study
Course Name:
Emergency Planning
Course Code:
IS-235.a
Delivery Type:
Self-Study
Course Name:
Leadership & Influence
Course Code:
IS-240.a
Delivery Type:
Self-Study
Course Name:
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Course Code:
IS-241.a
Delivery Type:
Self-Study
Course Name:
Effective Communication
Course Code:
IS-242.a
Delivery Type:
Self-Study
Course Name:
Developing and Managing Volunteers
Course Code:
IS-244.a
Delivery Type:
Self-Study