Certified Emergency & Disaster Professional


Launched in 2014, the CEDP addresses the understanding of real-world emergency and disaster management preparedness planning, incident response, mitigation efforts, and recovery actions. CEDP credential holders come from a variety backgrounds including private sectors, businesses, hospitals, healthcare facilities, public health organizations, municipalities, counties, emergency management agencies, emergency coalitions, law enforcement, fire response, first responders, military personnel, and all types of governmental agencies at local, state, and federal levels. The CEDP would be appropriate for anyone with responsibilities and related to emergency and disaster management.  The exam addresses concepts and principles related to protecting people, property, and resources during times of emergencies, disasters, and pandemics

CEDP Exam Blueprint

Domains 100-150 items
1. Emergency Management39%
2. Disaster Preparedness35%
3. Safety & Environmental26%

Domain 1–Emergency Management (39%)

IBFCSM exams contain 100-150 multiple choice items. Exam results permit the assessment to determine a candidate’s minimum competency for certification. The blueprint reflects specifications published in the JTA Technical Report. Percentages reflect proportion of test items in each domain. Candidates use recall, recognition, comprehension, and application to answer items related to professional practice.

Domain 1 Topics

1.1 Identify agency coordination and collaboration actions

1.2 Identify authorities and responsibilities

1.3 Identify communication needs and issues

1.4 Given a scenario identify disaster response and recovery actions

1.5 Given a scenario identify and apply emergency management concepts

1.6 Given a scenario identify emergency response and coalition issues

1.7 Given a scenario identity federal agency planning activities and capabilities

1.8 Identify FEMA defined terms, concepts, and principles

1.9 Identify governmental agency coordination actions

1.10 Identify hazard analysis needs, techniques, and methods

1.11 Identify common healthcare emergency requirements

1.12 Identify human resource management in disaster management

1.13 Identify hazards related to pre and post disaster situations

1.14 Identify Incident command system processes and methods

1.15 Identify Information and data management processes

1.16 Identify key leadership principles and management concepts

1.17 Given a scenario identify key lessons learned information

1.18 Identify emergency management models

1.19 Identify medical services capabilities and system challenges

1.20 Given a scenario identification mitigation, planning, and recovery issues

1.21 Identify natural and weather related risks and hazards

1.22 Identify key principles in effective operational planning

1.23 Identify issues related to operational and organizational structures

1.24 Identify challenges and objective of disaster planning effectiveness

1.25 Given a scenario identify key preparedness management issues

1.26 Identify resource acquisition and allocation challenges

1.27 Identify response sector key objectives and priorities

1.28 Identify supply chains challenges

1.29 Given a scenario identify key issues related to sustaining operations

1.30 Identify system methods and processes

Domain 2—Disaster Preparedness (35%)

Domain 2 Topics

2.1 Identify agency coordination processes, issues, and challenges

2.2 Identify key command and control objectives

2.3 Given a scenario identify cyber security threat actions

2.4 Given a scenario identify disaster response actions

2.5 Identify key drill exercise objectives and purposes,

2.6 Identify emergency support functions

2.7 Given a scenario identify federal agency capabilities and responsibilities

2.8 Identify key FEMA core capabilities

2.9 Given a scenario identify hazardous material issues and controls

2.10 Identify the reasons for maintaining good Information collection and sharing

2.11 Identify challenges facing information technology during a disaster

2.12 Identify infrastructure security and resilience issues

2.13 Identify reasons that lessons learned information is critical

2.14 Identify management authority models of leadership

2.15 Given a scenario identify appropriate medical services needed

2.16 Given a scenario identify needed mitigation activities

2.17 Identify the importance of national incident planning

2.18 Identify natural disaster and weather risks

2.19 Identify nuclear, chemical, and biological hazards and risks

2.20 Given a scenario identify operational priorities and organizational response

2.21 Identify methods to protecting infrastructures

2.22 Identify public safety issues that relate to resilience efforts

2.23 Identify resource availability priorities and issues

2.24 Given a scenario identify response structures and commands

2.25 Given a scenario identify needed sector capabilities and support

2.26 Identify terror threats

2.27 Identify threat assessment priorities and methods

2.28 Identify the impact or technology or transportation disasters

Domain 3—Safety and Environmental (26%)

Domain 3 Topics

3.1 Identify ANSI standards (PPE, eyewash stations, etc.)

3.2 Identify CDC disaster related information available

3.3 Identify disaster related content found in CFRs (10, 21, 29, 40, 42, 44, 49,)

3.4 Identify DHS oversight, roles, terrorism, drills, exercises, & responsibilities

3.5 Given a scenario identify disaster related hazards

3.6 Identify the purpose of emergency and disaster legislation

3.7 Identify EPA responsibilities and hazardous materials standards

3.8 Identify FDA disaster roles and responsibilities

3.9 Identify federal disaster framework and organization

3.10 Given a scenario identify FEMA roles, responsibilities, objectives, planning documents

3.11 Identify food and water safety issues

3.12 Identify methods of hazard identification and analysis

3.13 Identify hazardous materials exposure standards

3.14 Identify information management, access, and security

3.15 Identify standard requirements for life and fire safety

3.16 Identify key issues related to managing emergency utilities

3.17 Identify NFPA standards and codes that apply to disaster situations

3.18 NIOSH disaster related safety information

3.19 NRC roles, responsibilities, and standards

3.20 Identify occupational safety hazards and potential exposures

3.21 Identify OSHA requirements (HAZCOM, HAZWOPER, First Aid, Hazardous Materials, etc.)

3.22 Identify key pandemic and other medical surge or evacuation situations

3.23 Given a scenario identify needed personnel protective equipment

3.24 Identify physical security requirements in aftermath of disasters

3.25 Identify actions to address post disaster safety hazards

CEDP Sample Questions

  1. What concept relates to the supervisory structure of the organization and pertains to the number of individuals or resources one incident supervisor can manage effectively?

a. Delegation of authority

b. Span of control*

c. Form follows function


  1. What agency regulates transport of hazardous materials through pipelines?

a. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

b. Department of Commerce

c. Department of Transportation*


  1. Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 required DHS to create which of the following?

a. Federal Response Plan

b. Incident Command System

c. National Incident Management System*


  1. What action would most impact on how organizations respond to emergency situations?

a. Conducting/evaluating disaster drills as required by DHS

b. Conducting thorough HVA to ensure proper planning*

c. Appointing an emergency coordinator as a liaison with local EMA

CEDP Study Resources

  • CEDP Self Directed Study Guide, TLCS,  in downloadable PDF and PRINT format. Buy it here!
  • Introduction to Emergency Management, 6th; Bullock, Haddow, Coppola, IBSN: E-book 780128030653. Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • Introduction to Emergency Management, 2nd Ed; Phillips, Neal, Webb, CRC Press, 2016, ISBN: 9781482245066.
  • Emergency Management; C. Long; Larsen and Keller; 2017, ISBN: 1635491029
  • Introduction to Hazard Control Management, CRC Press, 2014, IBSN: 978-1-4665-5158-9
  • Principles of Emergency Management; M. Fagel, PhD. CRC Press, 2012, E-book 9781439871218