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Free CEUs and Self Study Courses for Personal Development and Emergency Management

 

Disclaimer - I am a homeland security researcher through Purdue Homeland Security Institute. This blog post is not in support of the federal Department of Homeland Security actions or behaviors. Homeland security is the field studying cyberphysical security, which is one of my specialty fields. I would suggest divorcing homeland security from the Department of Homeland Security – it’s a very valuable field of study. FEMA’s ISP courses are self-study courses that are free and available to anyone, and a great resource.


FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute has Independent Study Courses which are free any available to anyone. These courses can provide CEUs which are used to keep up many IT and Security certifications, and are completely self-paced and free. There are many certs that can be applied to any industry such as IS-20.21: Diversity Awareness Course 2021

 

So if you’re looking for a quick, free resume boost I highly recommend you check these courses out. Many employers recognize and accept federal education, and it’s a good way to display your out-of-office personal development. Speaking of personal development, there is a Professional Development Curriculum which is courses set to help one develop leadership and communication skills. Check out these topics which could benefit anyone:

 

For IT managers and emergency technology procedures check out the Preparedness & Tech curriculum which may shed a lot of light on what and why certain tech decisions are made in crisis. This is very timely as work-from-home jobs remain the norm and infrastructure remains questionable. There are so many courses available! Almost any industry can find a cert here. I think it’s worth checking out! 

Some other courses I suggest you check out:
- IS-394.A: Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster
- IS-505: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster
- IS-815: ABCs of Temporary Emergency Power
- IS-909: Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
- IS-915: Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats

The courses change all the time; at one point they had a few "cyber" courses, but they don't allow courses to age, so if it doesn't receive an update for a while, the course goes away. Have fun!

Take Note - The eligibility for what courses will or will not be accepted for CEU credits are dependant on the individual organization. Each program that requires CEUs will have different criteria it needs, so don't take this as a guarantee that these FEMA CEUs will work for your individual needs.

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