// Prerequisite Training


As part of the basic IMERT team member requirement, all team members must complete the following:

1. Basic Incident Command courses (IS-100 & IS-200)
2. National Incident Management System course (IS-700)
3. A Weapons of Mass Destruction course
4. Online Introduction to IMERT Policy and Procedure Course, available to team members only
5. Attend the one day Deployment Operations Course training (available springs and summers).  Attendance at this course is required annually.

Proof of completion should be submitted to the IMERT office. Some of these courses are available online, follow the links below.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

IS-700 National Incident Management System, An Introduction
Required before applying

Incident Command System (ICS)

IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System, I-100
IS-200 Basic Incident Command System, I-200
Required before applying


IMERT is requires all members to complete a WMD course before applying. If you would like to know if a course you have already taken will fulfill this requirement, please contact the office. Our suggested course for medical personnel is the George Washington University National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI), Nurses on the Front Line: Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters course, as this is a patient care and hospital based course, however any of the below courses will fullfill the requirement and all are free of charge.

Nurses on the Front Line: Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters

This course is an interactive web-based course that provides emergency preparedness training for nurses working in a wide variety of settings. Although the course is targeted to nurses, the lessons are applicable to all health care professionals and IMERT members who may respond to a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Environmental) event. It can be taken free of charge. CE is available for a fee. To start, go to https://nnepi.gwnursing.org/. Instructions for completing the course can be downloaded HERE.

IS-5.A: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials

This FEMA Independent Study course is intended to provide a general introduction to hazardous materials that can serve as a foundation for more specific studies in the future.  The course can be found HERE.

Introduction to Emergency Response to Terrorism (Q0890)

This course is designed to provide the basic awareness training to prepare first responders to respond to incidents of terrorism safely and effectively. Offered by the US Fire Administration. MORE INFO HERE

WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders

This online course focuses on training responders to meet the requirements established in the National Fire Protection Association Chapter 4, “Competencies for Awareness Level Personnel,” and Code of Federal Regulations “First Responder Awareness Level” competencies. This course takes an all-hazards approach to Hazardous Material (HazMat) incidents, including acts of terrorism where Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) materials may have been used. It provides participants the knowledge to recognize the hazardous material, protect themselves, notify others, and secure the scene. MORE INFO HERE


2014 Team Update, an Online Policy and Procedure Course

This course is required introductory training for all Team Members. After you have joined, it can be found by logging into the Team Member’s section of the website, www.imert.org/team, and going to the “Team Training” section.