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EOC Position Credentialing Program

California’s public, private, volunteer, and tribal emergency services personnel serve their communities with professionalism and dedication. The potential for communities to require disaster assistance has significantly increased. Cal OES’ EOC Position Credentialing Program promotes an enhanced level of readiness and response for day-to day emergencies and catastrophic disasters by ensuring qualified and competent staffing for Emergency Operations Centers.

The need for emergency services staff to deploy outside their jurisdiction has placed additional demands on emergency services systems. Existing mutual-aid systems must guarantee swift and successful support by deploying qualified emergency services personnel to any domestic emergency/disaster. 

​A statewide EOC Position Credentialing Program provides Emergency Managers a way to identify measures for competency. Additionally, a statewide credentialing program documents professional qualifications, certifications, training, and education requirements that define basic criteria expected of emergency services personnel.

Cal OES’ EOC Position Credentialing Program verifies emergency service personnel qualifications and certifications. However, the program does not provide automatic access to EOCs. The process for requesting resources for certain EOC positions is accomplished through the SEMS resource request process.

Cal OES’ EOC Position Credentialing Program helps to promote elements of the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and is designed to flow into the larger effort of the NIMS Guidelines for the Credentialing of Personnel. The NIMS Guidelines require states to initiate development of a State/Territory/Tribal system (that incorporates local jurisdictions) to credential emergency management/response personnel to ensure proper authorization and access to an incident including involving mutual aid agreements and/or assistance agreements (Guidance Document, November 21, 2008). By following the framework of the Federal Guidance, California’s program will facilitate a seamless transition into a national system.

Cal OES’ EOC Position Credentialing Program promotes effective and efficient personnel resource management, and enhances the level of professionalism and capabilities for emergency services personnel. The program also supports the EMMA/EMAC effort and meets SEMS/NIMS requirements. Cal OES’ EOC Position Credentialing Program’s net effect will reduce loss of life, and damage to the environment and property during an emergency/disaster.

EOC Credentialing Documentation

Certificate Programs


California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) has trained first responders and emergency managers in all phases of emergency management for over 45 years. Cal OES/CSTI offers one of the most well recognized and comprehensive specialized training programs in the nation. Programs include disaster preparedness and response, terrorism prevention and response, law enforcement tactics, disaster mitigation and recovery, and WMD/hazardous materials response. Currently, CSTI offers several training certificates:

Specialist Certificate Documents


Required Courses (3):

  • Basic Public Information Officer and Joint Information Center/Joint Information System (G290/291)

  • Advanced Public Information Officer (L0388)

  • Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (PER-304)

Elective Courses:

You must have a minimum of 3 courses totaling 72 hours of electives to include:
Any CSTI/CalOES Certificates
ICS 100-400 (CSTI,FEMA, or State Fire Training)

Click to see: Approved Electives List

More Info:
Specialist Certificate Documents


Required Courses (4):
Mitigation for Emergency Managers (G393)
Emergency Planning (G235)
Recovery from Disasters: The Local Community Role (G205) - Formerly (G270.4)
Emergency Management Concepts: All Hazards or Jurisdiction Specific

Elective Courses:
You must have a minimum of 3 courses totaling 72 hours of electives to include:
Any CSTI/CalOES Certificates
ICS 100-400 (CSTI,FEMA, or State Fire Training)

Click to see: Approved Electives List

More Info:
Specialist Certificate Documents


Required Courses (3):
Terrorism I: International Terrorism
Terrorism II: Domestic Terrorism
Terrorism III: Advanced Counterterrorism Strategies

Elective Courses:
You must complete a minimum of three homeland security elective courses totaling at least 72 hours. Electives may be selected from the approved Cal OES / CSTI Terrorism / Homeland Security (THS) Approved Electives List

Click to see: Approved Electives List

More Info:
Specialist Certificate Documents


Completion of the Advanced Professional Series (APS) certificate is an accomplishment that distinguishes emergency managers with substantial expertise in emergency operations and management. Completion of this series demonstrates extraordinary dedication to the goal of protecting lives, communities, and resources from disasters. Students who complete the 5 required courses and any 5 of 15 elective courses are eligible to receive the APS certificate of completion.


G0775: EOC Management and Operations, or IS2200 EOC Management and Operations
G0191: Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface, or E/L0449 ICS Train-the-Trainer*
G0557: Rapid Assessment Workshop
G0205: Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role, or E0210 Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role*
G0393: Mitigation for Emergency Managers, or G0318 - Mitigation Planning for Local Governments, either Mitigation course will satisfy the APS requirements

Elective Courses (choose any 5):

G0288: Local Volunteer and Donations Management
G0364: Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools, or L0363 Multi-Hazard Planning for Higher Education*
IS703.a or IS703: NIMS Resource Management (Independent Study)
E/G0202: Debris Management Planning for State, Local,&Tribal Officials*
G0386: Mass Fatalities
G0361: Flood Fight Operations
IEMC: One of the IEMC courses E900*
G0108: Community Mass Care and Emergency Assistance
G0358: Evacuation and Re-entry Planning
G0290: Basic Public Information Officers (PIO), or E0388 Advanced PIO*, or E/L0952 All-Hazards PIO*
G0271: Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness, or IS271 - Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk (Independent Study
G0272: Warning Coordination
E/L/K0146: Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
G0235: Emergency Planning
E/L/G0141 Instructional Presentation and Evaluation Skills

To APPLY: Submit email request with prerequisite certificates and mailing address to:

*All substitute E or L courses are subject to the approval of the State Training Officer, Kelly Rogers,


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