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Executive Planning R0506

Curriculum: Planning & Information Management
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type
10-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in management, human resources, or organizational behavior.

This 10-day course is a capabilities-based planning course that uses strategic planning models to collect and analyze planning elements and leadership behaviors in terms of risk and hazard evaluation, and a project management model to track resource allocation and project capability gaps.

Strategic elements are presented in case-study context. Project management uses concepts of community risk reduction and preparedness to increase individual and group capabilities to manage critical tasks successfully.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to apply planning and project management processes to plan for and implement programs in support of completing their organizational priorities and objectives.

Note: Pre-course reading and activities are required.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the self-study course, Q0880 - Management Tools for Fire and Emergency Services Leaders available through NFA Online before attending this course.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 95KB
Welcome Letter and Pre-course Assignment Information PDF 95KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Chief fire and Emergency Medical Services officers, department leadership including line and staff officers, presidents/trustees/board members, emergency managers and emergency management staff, municipal leadership responsible for department/division planning, life safety educators, community risk reduction personnel, planning and administrative staff personnel identified as a key participant of the organization’s decision-making team, those involved in interorganizational strategic planning, project management, or succession planning elements of the organization.

Special admission is available for local, county, regional, or state government managers and planners, and local elected, appointed or government officials attending with a selected student.

Special consideration is available for groups of students from the same organization attending the same session. All applications must be submitted at the same time.


Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.  Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
Apply July 18 - 29, 2022 Immediate vacancy Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 1 - 12, 2022 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 26, 2022 - October 7, 2022 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 28, 2022 - December 9, 2022 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 17 - 28, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 17 - 28, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 14 - 25, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

This class does a great job of presenting the tools and skills necessary to take on large projects and how to present them to your project team or city council. This course allows you to identify failures within your own planning processes and figure out why so many "plans" have been unsuccessful in the past.