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National Qualification System (NQS) Supporting Documents

FEMA is leading a whole community effort to strengthen the Resource Management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) that provides a nationwide approach to resource management, enabling stakeholders to work together to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size.  With input from whole community partners and stakeholders, FEMA developed the National Qualification System (NQS) that provides a foundational guideline on the qualification of personnel resources within the NIMS framework, plus supporting tools.  FEMA also crafted the NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications, accompanying Position Task Books (PTB), Resource Typing Definitions and the NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfNIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Qualification Review Boards

FEMA is publishing a National Qualification System (NQS) document that enhances interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid during an incident response, and it provides more detail and procedural discussion about the qualification and certification processes.

Today’s release includes:

The NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for QRB provides basic processes and procedures to assist AHJs develop and maintain a QRB as part of the larger certification process

To access the document, go to

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Icon for file of type application/pdfNIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS)

The NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) provides a foundational guideline on qualifying, certifying, and credentialing personnel resources within the NIMS.

Icon for file of type application/pdfNIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid

The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid is designed to help enhance mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practice and processes for use in mutual aid planning; and describes how to create legal agreements and operational plans to support mutual aid planning.

Icon for file of type application/pdfNQS Position Task Book (PTB) Introductory Language

NQS Position Task Book (PTB) Introductory Language.