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Utah CEM

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Deadline for submitting applications: 

Spring March 30.
Fall September 30.

Current UCEM and UAEM recipients 

The Utah Certified Emergency Manager (UCEM) and Utah Associate Emergency Manager (UAEM) are professional certification designations created to promote the professionalization of emergency management in Utah. The Utah Emergency Management Certification Program is co-sponsored by the Utah Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and the Utah Emergency Management Association (UEMA).

Notice of Interest Form button

The notice of interest form is used by all candidates for UAEM/UCEM and recertification.

Notice of Interest Tutorial Video

To prepare for UCEM certification, candidates should gather independent verification of the following (Additional requirements are provided after the Notice of Interest is completed):

  • Proof of Work History/Experience (minimum of 3 years)
  • Education Requirement (high school or college)
  • Reference letter from current supervisor indicating support of the UCEM application
  • Proof of Professional Contributions beyond normal duties (minimum of 5 of the following)
    • Professional Membership, Professional Conferences, Service Role, Leadership Role, Special Assignments, Speaking, Teaching, Course Development, Publications, Audio-Visual and Interactive, Awards or Special Recognition, Legislative Dialogue, Conducting Research
  • Proof of Training
    • 75 hours emergency management & 50 hours general management
    • PDS and NIMS must be included in training hours 
  • Proof of Exercise Experience
  • Proof of Disaster Experience
  • Proof of Planning Involvement (minimum of 2 plans)

Frequently Asked Questions

Individual Candidate Checklist

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2024 Update Utah Certified Emergency Management Program

After nine years and sixty-six certified emergency managers and three associate emergency managers, our program has undergone a thorough review of all materials and updates have been made where appropriate. Changes were made to simplify the application process. The process now allows interested individuals to submit a Notice of Interest form and then be supported with a number of tools to complete the application. 

Key changes:

  • Notice of Interest Form to ensure eligibility
  • Application submissions are all coordinated online through assigned google folders
  • Requirements Guide simplified
  • Proof of high school education no longer requires a diploma/transcript (all other education requirements remain in place)
  • One Reference letter required rather than three (additional letters are accepted as proof of specific experiences/contributions)
  • Accept credit card payments for application fee

Already certified through IAEM? The State of Utah is proud to be able to offer reciprocity for individuals already certified. Please complete the reciprocity form to receive the Utah designation to match your IAEM designation. 

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Why Certify?

You value the professional aspects of the emergency management discipline and seek a defined level of status for your commitment and contributions to this field of expertise.

The Utah Emergency Management Professional Certification Program is strictly voluntary and is not intended to become a legislative or grant requirement.

On top of that, here are a few incentives:

UCEM

  • Certificate of certification and designation as a UCEM
  • Choice of polo or long sleeve button up shirt displaying the UCEM logo
  • Lapel pin displaying the UCEM logo
  • Letter of authorization for successful candidates to use the UCEM logo on their personal signature lines and official documents (business cards, letters, etc.)
  • Inclusion of name, certification level and dates of certification on the DEM and UEMA website links established for the Utah Emergency Management Professional Certification Program

UAEM

  • Certificate of certification and designation as a UAEM
  • Choice of polo or long sleeve button up shirt displaying the UAEM logo
  • Lapel pin displaying UAEM logo
  • Letter of authorization for successful candidates to use the UAEM logo on their personal signature lines and official documents (business cards, letters, etc.)
  • Inclusion of name, certification level and dates of certification on the DEM and UEMA website links established for the Utah Emergency Management Professional Certification Program