AUSTIN - The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) announced today that the application period for the next class of The Texas Emergency Management Academy is open.
The second cadet class of The Academy begins September 2023 in San Antonio, Texas, and lasts for approximately eight months. This one-of-a-kind emergency management academy aims at training the next generation of emergency management workforce. The program comprehensively prepares interested individuals in all four phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.
“TDEM is thrilled to begin recruiting the next group of cadets to join The Academy,” said Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “This valuable professional development opportunity sets the foundation for lifelong learning in the emergency management discipline as we work to protect our state.”
Successful graduates of The Academy ascertain basic knowledge of emergency management planning, wildland firefighting, hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, resource requests, and other key aspects of emergency management. Graduates earn multiple nationally-recognized emergency management certifications, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Professional Development Series (PDS), FEMA's Advanced Professional Series (APS), FEMA’s Continuity Excellence Series Level I Professional Continuity Practitioner program, and the National Emergency Management Basic Academy (NEMBA). Graduates also leave The Academy as certified basic emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and will achieve National Registry Certification upon successful completion.
Many of the course instructors are nationally-renowned experts, authorities from institutions of higher education, and include TDEM subject matter experts.
“With a successful first class of The Academy underway, we are looking forward to finding fantastic candidates for the next cohort of emergency management professionals,” said TDEM Division Chief David Covington, who leads The Academy’s development and curriculum.
The inaugural class of The Academy will graduate in Spring 2023. The current recruiting class will graduate in Spring 2024.
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit tdem.texas.gov/academy to learn more and apply.