FEMA Updates Incident Command System 300 and 400 Courses

ICS 300 focuses on Incident Command System (ICS) for supervisors who work in expanding incidents. The course outlines how the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Command and Coordination component supports the management of expanding incidents. Also, the course describes the incident management processes as prescribed by ICS.

It is important that senior ICS command and general staff, who are expected to perform in a management capacity in Area Commands or Multiagency Coordination Systems, be provided advanced training in management of expanding and complex incidents. ICS-400 builds upon information covered in the ICS-100, ICS-200, and ICS-300 courses.

ICS is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.

The new courses reflect changes in the 2017 edition of the NIMS, update scenarios, including scenario frameworks that can be customized by instructors and provides opportunity for students to develop an Incident Action Plan.


FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute will host a series of webinars to highlight the changes in the new courses, instructor requirements, and future course releases. Each webinar has the same content, and you only need to sign up for one. All times are Eastern:

•  11 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 25

•  3 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 25

Register on the FEMA Adobe Connect at NIMS ICS Training Forum

FEMA Teleconference Telephone #: 800-320-4330, Pin #: 884976

Both courses are delivered in the classroom. Student materials for ICS 300 and ICS 400 are available with a FEMA Student ID number.

If you successfully completed a previous version of the courses, there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised version. However, because the revised courses contains new information based on the NIMS, revised in Oct. 2017, you may find it informative to review the new version.