National Incident Management System (NIMS)


The National Incident Management System (NIMS) training is part of the emergency response training available for our University Emergency Responders and leadership. The NIMS training program is part of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and includes standardize courses on multi-agency incident command and management, organizational structure, and operational procedures; discipline-specific and agency-specific incident management courses; and courses on the integration and use of supporting technologies. These courses are provided both online and in classroom settings for participants. Please refer to the Missouri State University NIMS training matrix for course training recommendations based on position and job responsibilities during an emergency response.

Online course information and documenting completion

Online course information

The online courses are self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. Some of the courses will require the participant to download and print the information; while others are interactive and can be completed online. Each independent study course includes lessons with practice exercises and a final examination. The completion time for each course is approximate and may take less or more time dependent on the individual learner. Participants will need to score 75 percent or better to be issued a certificate of achievement from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

Documenting course completion

Employees will need to download their completion Certificate from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) website after successfully completing their online class and submit online for credit through My Learning Connection. This online user guide provides step by step instruction for downloading your Certificate from the Emergency Management Institute and how to submit the Certificate along with required information to request credit for your online transcript in My Learning Connection. Employees who are required to complete the training as outlined on the Missouri State University's NIMS training matrix must submit their Certificates and completion information through My Learning Connection for documentation.

Employees can view their online transcripts in My Learning Connection under the My Learning Portfolio tab. Please refer to this online help video for instructions and assistance: How Do I Access My Transcript.

If you have questions or need additional assistance with this process, please contact HR Employee Development and Performance at 836-5779/4592.

NIMS courses

Online Course Information: Classes are listed in recommended order for completion to enhance comprehension of content.

  • IS 700.A: Introduction to the National Incident Management System – Provides training on and resources for the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIM provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • IS 100.HE: Introduction to Incident Command System for Higher Education – Provides training on and resources for personnel who require a basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS). It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • IS 200: Incident Command System for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents – Provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the Incident Command System (ICS). The primary target audiences are response personnel at the supervisory level.
  • IS 800: National Response Framework, An Introduction – Provides training on and resources for the National Response Framework. The National Response Framework specifies how the resources of the Federal Government will work in concert with State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector to respond to Incidents of National Significance. The National Response Framework is predicated on the National Incident Management System, or NIMS. Together the National Response Framework and the NIMS provide a nationwide framework for working cooperatively to prevent or respond to threats and incidents regardless of cause, size, or complexity.

Classroom Course Information: The additional two courses, ICS 300 and ICS 400, are presented in a classroom environment and are designed for University Senior Level Supervisors. These courses are available through Springfield - Greene County Office of Emergency Management and Missouri SEMA (State Emergency Response Center). If you are interested in attending these higher level courses please contact HR Employee Development and Performance for upcoming dates.

  • ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System – Objectives and topical areas addressed during the training are to describe the how the NIMS Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents.Discuss the incident/event management process for expanding incidents and supervisors as prescribed by the Incident Command System.During the training sessions participants implement the management process on a simulated Type 3 incident and develop an Incident Action Plan for the simulated incident.
  • ICS 400: Advanced Incident Command System – The objectives and topical areas addressed in this training sessions address how a Unified Command functions within a multi-jurisdiction or multi-agency incident. The training sessions also outline the advantages of Unified Command and what kinds of situations may call for a Unified Command organization. This level of training will also address the planning process to include responsibilities of the senior level positions, issues that affect the incident complexity and the tools available to analyze complexities. The training also provides guidelines on the responsibilities and roles of the senior leadership, their staff, agency representatives, and technical specialists to include reporting relationships and how they can be effectively used within the incident organization. It also addresses the transfer of command.

Additional resources

Questions and additional information

Please contact Employee Development and Performance, Office of Human Resources at 836-5779/4592 or for assistance with My Learning Connection and training requirements. If you have questions about the Emergency Response Plan and Procedures, please contact Safety and Transportation at 836-5509.