Certification Levels

The certification level appropriate for you should be determined by the role that you may perform in the Department Operations Center (DOC) in the event of an emergency. The level of training in which you should complete is determined by your job title. Please download the chart of job titles to determine your recommended certification level.

Basic Level

Required courses: The Basic Level can be completed in an 8-hour “Combined Course” please contact the PHEPR branch at 951-358-7100 for the next Combined Course date.

Intermediate Level

Required courses:

Advanced Level

Required courses:

  • Intermediate level courses +
  • ICS-300 (Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents for Operational First Responders)*
  • ICS-400 (Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff, Complex Incidents, and MACS)*
  • IS 800 – (National Response Plan (NRP)
  • Elective course in management (1 course)

* Classroom Based Courses

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Certification Program/PHPRCP

Welcome to the Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD), Certification Program for the Public Health Preparedness & Response Competencies Program (PHPRC).  This series of training is designed to prepare public health workers, first responders, healthcare professionals, and community volunteers for the kinds of work and roles they will perform in the event of a major local emergency. It is a learning venue designed to provide tools, knowledge and practice in the field of public health emergencies and disaster response.

The PHPRC is tiered to ensure basic competencies and knowledge in the areas of disaster response and coordination. The basic, intermediate, and advanced levels build on the foundation of the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), the National Incident Management System NIMS), and the Incident Command System (ICS).

The PHPRC provides access to the following:

  • Certificate Program to enhance preparedness & knowledge.
  • Specialized training opportunities for health professionals & management.
  • In-person trainings and workshops.
  • Links to online courses provided by a variety of external agencies & educational institutions.
  • Online registration.
  • Frequent updates.

To begin the certification program, follow the steps below, beginning with the registration form



1. Register: Complete and submit the online registration form for the certification program offered by Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD). This will be submitted to the PHEPR department and entered into a data base.  You are now ready to begin training.

2. Certification Level: The Competencies Program Requirements are determined by your job title. You may determine your certification level by downloading the chart of job titles, speaking with your branch chief, or contacting the PHEPR Division at 951-358-7100. The side-bar located to the left of the page will outline the requirements for each level.

3. Taking The Courses:
You may take the courses for your level in any order that you wish. However, we highly recommend that you take the courses in the order suggested. Each class builds upon the knowledge and information gained in the previous class. 

Most courses are offered online (see links on side-bar) either through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or other university. Courses that offer a link are available online. These courses allow you the flexibility to take the class at a time and place that is convenient for you.

Live training is also available. You may check the training calendar for upcoming courses. You can register for the desired course online or by contacting the PHEPR Division at 951-358-7100.

4. Completing The Course: (online, or live training)

Upon completing an online FEMA course, you will receive an online email notification from the Independent Study Program Office of the Emergency Management Institute within 72 hours. To receive credit, please forward a copy of that email to NFoust@rivco.org Courses not taken through FEMA (such as electives, the DSW Video, and the Basics of Epidemiology) will not provide such notification. It will be the responsibility of the student to provide proof of completing the course.  Training certificates or a print screen of the confirmation is acceptable. These can be faxed to the PHEPR Branch attention Nicole Foust at 951-358-7105.

Upon completing a live course, you will need to send a copy of the certificate of completion to the PHEPR Branch attention Nicole Foust. Some live courses (Such as the Basic Level Combined Course) will not yield a training certificate. Please be sure to sign the course roster/sign in sheet legibly at the beginning of the course to ensure that you will be given credit for attending. 

Please make sure to keep records of your certificates.

 Upon completion of your certification level, you should be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)
  • Identify the benefits of ICS and National Incident Management System (NIMS) applications
  • Be acquainted with organization levels of the National Incident Management System
  • Diagram and name the different functions of the National Incident Management System
  • Identify three components of the Incident Command Structure (ICS)
  • Be familiar with the terminology used in ICS and NIMS
  • Understand the role of a disaster service worker (DSW) in an emergency or disaster


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