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IPEM Application Process

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IPEM application form for Non-State Employees

IPEM application form for State Employees

Below is the list of requirements necessary to complete your IPEM application:

  • Submit a copy of the highest educational degree received.
  • All training certificates not included on your IEMA Training Transcript, must be submitted prior to your IPEM application submission. All training certificates should be sent to:
  • Training Requirements
  • Written Essay

      The written essay is designed to allow the applicant to demonstrate a working knowledge of four (4) Emergency Management-related topics. After selecting the four (4) topics, the applicant will provide a double spaced, not to exceed two (2) pages in length, detailed essay on each topic. Each essay should be written using proper grammar, spelling and essay formatting. The first page will include the chosen topic listed at the top followed by the detailed essay. Do not include your name or other personal information on any of the pages.

      Each essay will be scored based on the thoroughness of the essay. A minimum of 70% is needed for an essay to be accepted. If an essay does not receive the minimum, a new topic from the same group must be submitted in its place.

      The list of essays and their associated scoring criteria is attached below for both Non-State and State employees. Be sure to choose the appropriate application form from those listed at the top of this page.

      Non-State Employees:

      State Employees:

  • Exercise Requirements

    The acceptable exercise-related positions are listed below. After clicking on your position in the exercise, a drop down box will provide you with the narrative and documentation that you will need to provide. As you complete this part of the IPEM application, remember that the narrative and documentation are two separate elements.


    The narrative is specific to each of the four positions. It should include a detailed description of your activities based on your position. Although you will be asked for specific information, you need to pay special attention to two items. These include providing enough information to allow the IPEM Application Review Committee to have a thorough understanding of your involvement and identifying the lessons learned that you will take forward. When completed, your narrative should provide a baseline that not only documents where you stand today, but also help identify how you can improve your capability to be a more productive member when developing, controlling and evaluating future exercises. There is no minimum length. The narrative should be a double-spaced, single-sided Word document that is to be included with your IPEM application.


    The listed documents are specific to each of the four positions. Attach as many of the documents as possible. Identify in your narrative if any of the documents are not available, why they are not available and if you are attaching any other documentation in their place.

    Select your position:
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    Exercise Director/Co-Director
    Lead Evaluator
    Lead Controller
    Injects Writing/MSEL Team

  • Submittal Process

    IPEM application form for Non-State Employees

    IPEM application form for State Employees

    Submit your completed IPEM Application Form to the IEMA Director, post marked no later than July 15th, for consideration of accreditation for that particular year along with the following items:

    • Copy of highest educational degree received.
    • Completion certificates for IPEM training requirements that are not included on the IEMA training transcript.
    • If requested, required college level documentation as credit toward the 12 additional training hours required.
    • Copy of IPEM required exercise narrative and documentation.
    • Copy of IPEM required written essays.

    Submit your IPEM application packet to the following address:

      IEMA Director
      2200 South Dirksen Parkway
      Springfield, Illinois 62703-4528
      Attn: IPEM Application

    Approved applicants will receive their certificate and plaque at the IEMA annual conference. The accredited IPEM must be renewed every three years. If requested in writing prior to the end of the three year period, a one year extension is available.

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