Masters Level Certification


The Masters Level certification is reserved for career emergency managers who have maintained membership in the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers for at least five consecutive years. This level of certification requires a total of 1350 hours of training in addition to certain professional contributions.

All requirements for Masters Level certification are in addition to meeting Advanced Level certification requirements.

Those who have earned Masters Level certification are entitled to use the MLEM designation.

Primary Requirements

The following requirements apply for Masters Level certification

  • Active membership in the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers for the previous five year period
  • Must have held the Advanced Level Emergency Manager (ALEM) designation for at least five years.
  • Five years experience working for a government emergency management office (at least 30 hours per week on average), in addition to at least ten years documented experience working in emergency response or emergency coordination roles.
  • Completion of 350 hours of emergency management/response training during the previous five year period.

Additional Service Requirements

In addition to the primary requirements, this level of certification requires:

  • Conferences: Attend an average of one professional conference per year over the previous five years.
  • Community Leadership: Perform a leadership role in an emergency response organization. For example: volunteer fire department; rescue squad; EMA; professional organization; county/state fire association; Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC); mutual aid organization; 9-1-1; community watch.
  • Disaster Assistance Credit: Obtain two disaster assignment credits in the previous five years (refer to certification guidelines for more information on disaster credit).
  • Exercise Credit: Must document a major role in three community disaster drills or community exercises; this may include planning, coordinating, evaluating, or management role).
  • Professional Instruction: (A) Teach three separate classes or conference sessions; or, (B) develop a training session greater than four hours in length; or, (C) be a leader instructor in a training session of at least four hours in length.
  • Professional Assignment: Manage or participate in an emergency management special project or working group; this must be at least six months in duration and have a recognizable result or product at the end of the project.
  • Publishing: Publish an article in a newspaper, newsletter, or professional journal about an emergency management topic (minimum 500 word length).
  • Legislative Contact: Document a legislative contact on the state or national level about an emergency management issue.
  • CLEM Certification: Receive and maintain the Certified Local Emergency Manager (CLEM) designation from the State of Alabama (Alabama EMA).
  • Community Involvement: Participate in or volunteer with community disaster response/recovery organizations such as the American Red Cross, amateur radio (ARES/RACES), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), The Salvation Army, or any response/recovery capacity with a faith-based organization.
  • Professional Certification: Completion of at least one of four professional development track programs through FEMA's Emergency Management Institute:
    • Advanced Professional Series (APS)
    • Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP)
    • Continuity of Operations (COOP)
    • Master Training Program (MTP)