In addition to the courses listed below offered by IMTC, our Incident Management or EOC experts can tailor an existing course, add local or company emphasis, or if needed, develop an entirely new course or training session to facilitate enhancement of your capabilities.

IMTC has developed or presented over one-thousand incident command, incident management, team building, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Department Operations Center (DOC), and State Operations Center training courses and exercises, including the entire series of position specific courses for the EPA, USFA, and EMI.

If you are looking for EOC, DOC, and Agency Leader Training Courses please follow the link to that section.


The training courses presented by IMTC are a critical building block in the development of the Core Competencies and the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) required to properly execute the duties and responsibilities of each recognized ICS position.
To assist in finding the appropriate course, IMTC divides its ICS courses into General Requirements and Position-Specific Requirements. Each ICS course follows all recognized USA and Canadian guidance and standards and is eligible for DHS grant fund reimbursement in the USA.
Click on each image to see the IMTC recommended process for obtaining the on-scene ICS qualifications described in detail below.

Command Staff Development Chart

Figure #1 – Command Staff Development Chart

General Staff Development Chart

Figure #2 – General Staff Development Chart

Baseline ICS Training (see figure #1 or #2)

  • ICS 100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • ICS 200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS 300: Intermediate ICS Training
  • IS 700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction

ICS Command Staff Position-Specific Training
(see figure #1)
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  • L 950: Incident Commander
  • L 956: Liaison Officer
  • L 952: Public Information Officer
  • L 954: Safety Officer

ICS General Staff Position-Specific Training
(see figure #2)

  • Planning Section Chief
  • Operations Section Chief
  • Logistics Section Chief
  • Finance/Administration Section Chief

ICS General Position-Specific Training

  • Resource/Demobilization Unit Leader
  • Situation Unit Leader
  • Division/Group Supervisor
  • Strike Team/Task Force Leader
  • Supply Unit/Ordering Manager
  • Facilities Unit Leader
  • Communications Unit Leader
  • Finance/Admin Unit Leader
  • Air Support Group Supervisor
  • Air Operations

Baseline Incident Management Team Training
(see figure #1 or #2)

  • O 305: Type 3 Team All-Hazards Incident Management Team Training

ICS Advanced Management Training

  • ICS 401: Multi-Agency Coordination
  • ICS 402: ICS for Executives and Administrators
  • ICS 402e: ICS for Elected Officials

General Requirements – On-Scene Incident Management

  • All emergency response/management personnel should complete ICS-100, 200, 300, and IS-700.a.
  • All emergency response/management personnel who will fill Command and General Staff positions on an on-scene incident management team should also complete ICS-400 and IS-800b as a minimum.
  • All personnel filling Command and General Staff positions on an on-scene incident management team (regardless of type or configuration) should complete the pre-requisite course for the position specific training. This course is identified as the “United States Fire Administration (USFA) Type 3 Incident Management Team” course, also known as the “O305 course.” IMTC was told to develop the FEMA/DHS position-specific course curricula with the understanding that all students would have completed this prior to attending.
    • The O-305 course is not listed on the FEMA web site because it is a USFA course.
    • The cadre for the USFA team building course consists of a Lead Instructor, a Second Instructor/coach, and 1 coach/mentor for each team of eight to a maximum of ten students each. A four (4) team course cannot exceed 40 students and must have a minimum cadre of 4; a three (3) team course cannot exceed 30 students and must have a minimum cadre of 3. These are the strict USFA guidelines for course certification and a contractor should NOT use fewer personnel to reduce or low bid the course cost.

Position Specific Requirements – On-scene incident management

  • Each Command and General Staff position on the incident management team has a position-specific training course associated with it. Several of the unit leader positions also have position training courses.
  • IMTC recommends that personnel filling section chief positions take the appropriate subordinate unit leader training prior to taking the section chief course, (and ideally, become qualified in that position), so that the prospective section chief understands the requirements of the section’s function. Because of the need to develop the incident management team rapidly, some agencies follow this model, but for the sake of expediency, do so on a “when possible” schedule instead of delaying the section chief position training and qualification.


EOCAs part of the overall MAC System, EOCs provide a central location where government at any level can provide interagency coordination and executive decision-making in support and coordination of the incident response. The EOC provides a fundamental role in domestic response as needed by the NIMS. Jurisdictions with well-organized EOCs have several distinct advantages over other jurisdictions during an emergency because those jurisdictions:

  • Serve as a conduit for information passed from the incident scene, through lower-level coordination agencies to higher-level coordination entities
  • Allow the on-scene Incident Commander to focus on managing the incident
  • Promote problem resolution at the lowest practical level
  • Provide support for continuity of operations and incident support activities, strategic guidance, and direction to support incident management activities

EOCs at all levels of government often encourage and accommodate private-sector participation. The private sector, in turn, can maintain parallel structures to respond to the needs of the EOC. This representation should complement, not replace, presence in the EOC currently granted to public utilities.

IMTC has developed several interactive courses to assist company, corporate, local jurisdictions, and agencies in developing or enhancing their EOCs or DOC’s beyond the very basic level of training currently prescribed in existing guidelines. While waiting for additional guidance from FEMA to assist local jurisdictions in enhancing their EOC or DOC operations, there is a significant amount of available assistance that IMTC can provide to improve DOC or EOC operations, including team and position-specific training.

NIMC EOC Training Program


  • Development and training on your individual Emergency Operations Plan
  • All-Hazards Agency or Department Administrators Training
  • All-Hazards EOC Team Training
  • Position-Specific Training


Please call IMTC for more specific information on training, standards, and exercise products available in this rapidly expanding area.