In the field of Emergency Management, mentoring can be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. A mentor can share experiences and encourage the professional development of their mentee by sharing training opportunities, providing guidance for credentialing or helping the mentee to become involved in emergency management-related groups and programs. Mentees, in turn, can help mentors open their minds to new technologies and innovative ideas in an evolving profession. No emergency management professional is above having mentors that provide encouragement and guidance. If you are an experienced emergency manager, consider participating on both sides of the Mentoring Program, as a mentor and a mentee. Participating in NCEMA’s Mentoring Program is a simple process for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Mentee Process:

  1. Contact your mentor of choice to introduce yourself and obtain permission from the mentor to submit information to the Mentor/Mentee form to establish the mentoring relationship.
  2. Submit the Mentor/Mentee form, thereby establishing the Mentor/Mentee relationship.


The Mentor Process:

  1. Await a mentee to contact you.
  2. You may be contacted by an NCEMA Training Committee representative to verify the established mentor/mentee relationship.


Other Program information:

  • All participants are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.
  • The Mentoring Program is managed and monitored by the NCEMA Training Committee.
  • Training Committee members may periodically contact mentors and/or mentees to obtain a status report of the established relationship.
  • The Mentor/Mentee relationship continues until both the mentor and mentee agree to terminate. At this time, the Mentee should inform the Training Committee Chair.


NCEMA Training Committee also manages the Apprenticeship Program for the Association.

The Apprenticeship Program combines mentoring, NIMS/ICS training and NC-specific training relevant for new Emergency Managers.


When all requirements are complete, participants should send their complete package to


Application packages should include:

  • TERMS transcript with the following classes:
    • IS700—An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
    • IS800—An Introduction to the National Response Framework
    • IS100—Introduction to the Incident Command System
    • IS200—ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • ICS300—Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
    • ICS400—Advanced ICS, Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents
    • EM 101—North Carolina Emergency Management Academy 101 (EPT-3001)
    • EM 102—North Carolina Emergency Management Academy 102 (EPT-3002)
    • NC-5-001— Introduction to North Carolina Emergency Management (Formerly NCEM New Coordinator/Employee Workshop)
  • Enrollment in NCEMA’s Mentoring Program. Mentor must submit an email or signed letter directly to the Training Committee email address to confirm the established relationship.

Training Resources:

EMI’s Independent Study courses


When all requirements are met, candidates will be notified via email and Apprenticeship Program Certificates will be awarded at each NCEMA conference.

The deadline for application submissions are the last day of the previous conference. For example, if you would like to receive a certificate for your approved application during the Fall Conference, your application must be submitted by the last day of the Spring Conference of that same year.

The only exception will be 2023 because it is the first year of awarding certificates. The deadline for application submissions is September 1, 2023, to receive a certificate (if your application is approved) at the Fall 2023 conference.

Questions and complete applications should be sent to the NCEMA Training Committee at

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Program Documents

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