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Professional Certifications

In today’s competitive employment environment, any edge you have over another person seeking the same position can make the difference between success and frustration. For those employed, ensuring that your skills are sharp and your knowledge base is deep is a key to continued success. Whether seeking employment, or currently employed, professional certification designation is a major career-enhancing credential. Below are 3 highly recognized certifications in the Emergency Management profession.


Certified Emergency Manager 
Issued by International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation is a nationally and internationally recognized professional certification for emergency managers.

Visit the IAEM website to learn what you’ll need to know about the ultimate credential in emergency management, including details on starting the credentialing process, an outline of the specific requirements, a FAQs page, and additional resources to help you successfully complete your certification.


Oregon Certified Emergency Management Program

Designed to raise and maintain professional standards in emergency management and to certify achievement of that standard within the profession within Oregon.

Developed in a cooperative effort between the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA), ORCEMS requires extensive documentation of the applicant’s qualifications, experience and training. Final program packages submitted by an applicant will be reviewed and approved by a committee of their peers.

Visit the ORCEMS group page to find out how you can begin your path to be recognized for your accomplishments. 


Associate Oregon Certified Emergency Management Specialist

The Associate Oregon Certified Emergency Management Specialist certification is for those who are new to our industry. A-ORCEMS certification supports entry-level proficiency with some knowledge in emergency management, but who have not yet acquired a great deal of experience in the field. Starting your career path in emergency management through A-ORCEMS certification demonstrates to your peers, colleagues and management that professionalism within the industry is your goal. 

Program requirements were established with the intent that on achieving the A-ORCEMS designation, applicants will have also met at least 25% of the International Association of Emergency Manager’s (IAEM) Certified Emergency Manager application and re-certification requirements.

Visit the ORCEMS group page to find out how you can begin your path to be recognized for your accomplishments. 

Oregon Emergency Management Association | PO Box 7309 Beaverton, OR 97007