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I am taking free courses that lead to certification with FEMA, will this be beneficial for government position?

I just received my Master's in Criminal Justice in Homeland Security and am now taking some online courses with FEMA and may start on some courses regarding statistics and the Design of Experiments. Would these be beneficial topics to get with to obtain a way into the government? #criminal-justice #human-resources #government #recruiting #criminology #legal #homeland-security #fema

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Christopher’s Answer

Any amount of new learning will be beneficial, it would just matter how you add it to your resume. Employers love to see certifications, this tells them you know your stuff. Only include the certificates that are pertinent to the job, if it has nothing to do specifically with the job, don't distract by including it.

Thank you comment icon Thank you very much for the information. Melissa
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Daniel’s Answer

Any plus or knowledge that you add to yourself and your professional profile it's very helpful, not just for the content but also cause it reflect your willing and commitment to keep learning and preparing.
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Kelly’s Answer

The Emergency Management Institute offers self-paced, online courses. When I did my homeland security degree they had a class for national incident management systems that was a degree requirement. The one's I've seen required in job postings are usually IS 100, 200, 700 and 800.

As far as actual certification programs, you are going to find many are paid/instructor led. Ex: If you are a surveyor, you can tack on elevation data or floodproofing.

If you are in a qualified position:
https://training.fema.gov/programs/empp/advanced/
Application of Advanced Individual Concepts in EM is an example but it is onsite, 133 hours of training.
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