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FEMA IS-703.A: NIMS Resource Management Course Overview

Course Overview

This course introduces resource management as described in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and shows how systems for managing resources can be used to improve incident response. The course includes examples of best practices, lessons learned, and job aids to assist the participant in planning for resource management.  

The course includes the following lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Resource Management Overview
  • Lesson 2: Resource Management Planning
  • Lesson 3: Resource Typing & Readiness
  • Lesson 4: Resource Management During Incidents
  • Lesson 5: Resource Management & Complex Incidents
  • Lesson 6: Course Summary

Note: IS-703.a is an updated version of the IS-703 course. The update version of the course includes expanded content about resource typing.  If you have successfully completed IS-703, you may want to review the new version of the course, especially lesson 3. For credentialing purposes, the courses are equivalent.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Establish systems for describing, inventorying, requesting, and tracking resources. 
  • Activate these systems prior to and during an incident. 
  • Dispatch resources prior to and during an incident. 
  • Deactivate or recall resources during or after incidents.

Primary Audience

Federal, State, tribal, and local emergency managers; first responders to include incident commanders from all emergency management disciplines; private industry personnel responsible for coordination activities during a disaster; and voluntary agency personnel.


N/A. However, completion of IS 700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction, is recommended.



Course Length:

3.5 hours