South Carolina Certified
Emergency Manager Program

The SC CEM was created to raise and maintain professional standards in emergency management and to certify achievement of that standard within the profession in South Carolina. The program was developed in a cooperation between the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the South Carolina Emergency Management Association. It requires extensive documentation of the applicant’s qualifications, experience, and training. Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a committee comprised of the applicant's peers.

Dedication to the profession as demonstrated by completed classroom courses, independent study courses, and three professional references


Three years of emergency management experience by date of application and participation in a full-scale exercise or real event


100 contact hours directly applicable to the four phases of emergency management – mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery

Step 1

Download SC CEM
Guidelines and Application

Pay the $50 SCEMA Member Application Fee 

Pay the $25 SCEMA 
Recertification Fee 

Step 2

Pay the $100 SCEMA 
Non-member Application Fee 

Step 3

Mail your completed application and supporting documentation to:

South Carolina Emergency Management Association Certification Program

Attn: Louis Walter

2779 Fish Hatchery Road

West Columbia, SC 29172