Credit Conversion Model
In support of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) goals, the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced online Independent Study (IS) courses free of charge for individuals with emergency management responsibilities and the general public.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management & Public Safety at Frederick Community College (MACEM&PS|FCC) recognizes successful completion of Independent Study courses and awards college credit for coursework that meets FCC standards.
Credit Conversion Benefits
College credits awarded for FEMA EMI Independent Study courses can be used towards an academic program at FCC or to advance your career by fulfilling job credentials and professional development requirements. The Independent Study Credit Conversion program allows you to:
- Complete online FEMA courses for free at your own pace
- Acquire critical, relevant emergency management information
- Earn college credits or a degree
Credit Conversion Process
Convert FEMA EMI Independent Study courses into college credit through the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management & Public Safety at Frederick Community College (MACEM&PS|FCC).
- Review the FCC Course List to determine the FEMA IS courses that are eligible for college credit. Effective 9/21/2023.
FCC Course List
- Visit EMI’s website to take the FEMA IS course(s) you have chosen from the FCC Course List.
Complete Independent Study Courses
- Submit the Credit Conversion Request Form to earn college credit for your FEMA IS course completions.
Credit Conversion Request Form
Credit Conversion Tips
- Use the College Credit Checker prior to submitting a Credit Conversion Request Form.
- If you have already earned college credit through the FEMA Independent Study Credit Conversion program at FCC, request an FCC unofficial transcript to view your current record.
- Make sure you complete all FEMA IS courses required for the college credits you wish to earn.
- Send an official FEMA IS course record to MACEM&PS|FCC documenting successful completion of the required FEMA IS courses. (See Step 2 within the Credit Conversion Request Form)
- Check your email regularly, including your spam folder, for communications from MACEM&PS|FCC.
Credit Conversion Basics
- Credit conversion cost is $90 per credit.
- College credit is assigned a ‘P’ for Passing. A ‘P’ is equivalent to a grade of ‘C’ or better and does not factor into calculating GPA.
- FEMA IS courses must be completed prior to requesting college credit.
- Status updates will be sent via email.
Processing Time: 2-3 weeks
- MACEM&PS|FCC will notify you via email when your college credit is posted to your student record.
- The email is titled “Your Credit Conversion Request has been processed!”
- It is important for you to wait to request an official FCC transcript until after you receive this email confirmation.
- An official FCC Transcript can be requested through Parchment.
- Spring 2023 Semester: 1/4/23 – 5/29/23
- Summer 2023 Semester: 5/30/23 – 8/18/23
- Fall 2023 Semester: 8/19/23 – 1/2/24
FCC courses are posted to preassigned semesters that correspond to the academic calendar. This means that the FCC transcript reflects FCC course completion within a designated semester and does not reflect the date that the FEMA IS course was completed.
Credit is awarded year-round. The date that your Credit Conversion Request Form is received will initiate when your credit will be posted; however, we will honor your request for credit within the academic semester that you meet all criteria listed below.
To obtain credit within your desired academic semester
- The required FEMA IS course(s) must be completed any time prior to the end of the desired academic semester
- The Credit Conversion Request Form must be completed within the desired academic semester.
- Your official IS course record must be received by FCC within the desired academic semester.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what college credits to select on the Credit Conversion Request Form?
Please choose college credit based on the IS courses you have completed successfully. Note that each FCC course is equal to 1 college credit. FCC courses are identified by the term FEMA followed by three numerical digits.
If you would like a copy of your IS course record, please visit FEMA’s EMI Student Portal.
Can I submit more than one Credit Conversion Request Form if I want to earn some credits now and some credits later?
You sure can! Just be sure to review your FCC student record prior to submitting a new credit conversion request to avoid requesting duplicate credit.
Also, please be mindful that when FEMA updates IS coursework, MACEM&PS|FCC may update the FCC Course List as well. Learn more under the “IS Courses” heading below.
Once I submit the Credit Conversion Request Form, how long does it take to post my college credit to an FCC transcript?
Validating and awarding college credit takes approximately 2-3 weeks. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from MACEM&PS at FCC once your request for college credit has been processed.
What should I do if I made an error within my credit conversion request?
Please reach out to MACEM&PS|FCC for assistance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference between the FEMA Independent Study (IS) course record and the Frederick Community College (FCC) transcript?
The FEMA Independent Study (IS) course record reflects your IS course completions and CEU (Continuing Education Unit) amounts. The FCC transcript details the college credit(s) you have obtained through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Suite 2 West, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
If you are looking to submit a transcript to another institution or employer that lists your college credit, please request the FCC transcript.
How can I obtain an official transcript of my college credits?
Students may request an FCC official transcript here. Transcripts are $5 for electronic delivery or $7.50 to mail.
Please do not request a transcript until you receive a confirmation email from MACEM&PS at FCC that your credit conversion request has been processed. Transcripts requested prior to receipt of the MACEM&PS confirmation email will not reflect the courses recently converted. No refunds are provided for requesting transcripts too early.
What versions of the Independent Study courses will be accepted towards credit?
The current or previous version of the Independent Study course will be accepted for conversion into credit**
For example, FCC will accept credit for successful completion of IS-230.e (current version) OR IS- 230.d (previous version). Please note that earlier versions (IS-230, IS-230.a, IS-230.b, and IS-230.c) can no longer be converted into college credit.
**Any annual revision for IS-20, IS-21, and IS-246 will be accepted for college credit.
The IS course that I completed is not listed as a course that is available for college credit. What does this mean?
Unfortunately, not all FEMA Independent Study courses are eligible for college credit. The IS courses that are eligible for credit conversion can be found within the FCC Course List (Step 1 of the Credit Conversion Process above).
I took an IS course that was available for college credit when I completed it, but the course has since been pulled from FEMA’s website for revision or retirement. Can I still receive college credit?
Any IS course that is worth college credit at FCC will continue to be awarded through the end of the semester that FEMA revises or retires an IS course. Please reference the FCC Course List (Step 1 of the Credit Conversion Process above) often for IS course updates.
When requirements change for FCC FEMA credits, can I receive more than 1 college credit?
MACEM&PS only awards 1 credit per FCC FEMA course. If you have already converted college credit for an FCC FEMA course, you cannot earn additional credit for the same course (even when requirements change).
Are CEU's (Continuing Education Units) the same as college credit?
No. CEU's are determined by IACET. College credit amounts are determined by Frederick Community College.
Are there any age restrictions on obtaining college credits?
Yes. FCC does not award credit to students that are 10 years of age or younger.
Does the college credit I earn through FCC transfer to other institutions?
Students are responsible for verifying acceptance of FCC FEMA credits by the receiving institution.
What level of credit are the college credits offered through FCC?
Lower-division 100 level credits.
How can I request enrollment verification when participating in FEMA credit conversion?
Certain situations require students to submit enrollment verification. Please reach out to MACEM &PS|FCC for a letter by e-mailing email@example.com.
Note that converting FEMA course(s) does not denote full-time or part-time enrollment status per our Academic Standards.
How safe is my personal information?
All information is secured using the latest electronic data encryption standards. For further details, please review the Terms and Conditions policy here.
What should I do if my personal or contact information has changed?
Please reach out to MACEM&PS|FCC for assistance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do you need my personal information, particularly FEMA SID number, date of birth and gender?
FEMA’s Independent Study program tracks your training record with a student identification number, also known as a FEMA SID. MACEM&PS at FCC will use this information to verify your student record. FCC also asks for your date of birth and gender as a part of necessary information required for granting college credit.
Will I receive a 1098-T tax form for the Independent Study Credit Conversion program?
The MACEM&PS at FCC collects payment for credit conversion fees and will gladly send you a receipt for payments made during the previous calendar year. Please submit a receipt request here.
While 1098-T tax forms are issued for tuition payments only, you may use a receipt as proof of your credit conversion fee payment for purposes such as educational expenses. Please consult your personal tax accountant for further information.
Can a third party pay my college credit fee?
Yes. Simply enter the third-party payment details during checkout, or contact email@example.com to discuss additional payment options.
What is your refund procedure?
To request a refund, you must send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org within a year of the date that you submitted your credit conversion request. Any refund request made after one year will not be honored.
Can I obtain a refund for FCC FEMA credit that has already been awarded and posted to my FCC transcript?
Refunds are not available for FCC FEMA credit that has already been awarded and posted to an FCC transcript.
I am having technical problems with the Credit Conversion Request Form. Who can I contact for assistance?
Contact MACEM&PS|FCC at: email@example.com or 301.624.2854
I am having technical problems with the FEMA EMI website. Who can I contact for assistance?
Please reference EMI’s technical information guide. If you continue to have trouble, you may reach out to the Independent Study Program (ISP) Office at 301-447-1200 or Independent.Study@fema.dhs.gov. ISP Office hours are 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m. ET Monday – Friday, except federal holidays.