Professional Certification

The AAEM professional certification program exists improve the level of professionalism within the field of emergency management and helps the public readily identify emergency managers who have dedicated themselves to continuing their training and education in service to their communities. Certification also signifies commitment to continued excellence in professional practice.


Apply for Certification

The Certification Subcommittee of the AAEM Training and Education Committee maintains the certification program and its rules. The Certification Subcommittee reviews all applications for certification and makes routine changes to the program to keep it current with the changing requirements and needs of the profession.

The AAEM Certification Program document outlines all rules and requirements for the certification program. Instructions on how to apply for certification are outlined inside.


Certification Fees

AAEM charges a nominal fee for the application assessment and award of certification.

The application fee includes an award certificate and, for advanced and master levels, the certification plaque.

For AAEM members who reside in Alabama:

  • Individual (Full) Members: $20.00

  • Associate & Student Members: $50.00

  • Corporate Members: $50.00

For non-members & out-of-state residents: $100.00


Certification Levels

Four levels of certification for individuals at all stages of their career.


300 Hours of Training

BLEM Designation


1000 Hours of Training

ALEM Designation


650 Hours of Training

ILEM Designation


1350 Hours of Training and Professional Accomplishments

MLEM Designation