Project Description

ICS 200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response


Course Type: Short Course

Accredited: Yes

Accrediting Body: Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA

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  • Credits: N/A
  • Duration: 4 Hours (excluding assessment)
  • Program Fee: Free Online course via FEMA
  • NQF Level: N/A
  • Course Includes: Online content, assessment and certificate
  • Learners: Individual

Course Overview

The Incident Command System (ICS) is an internationally applied model used to manage and coordinate an emergency response situation. ICS 200 provides the context in which ICS functions and enables responders to operate efficiently and effectively during an emergency. The course is vital for any personnel that assumes a supervisory position during an incident. ICS 200 expands upon ICS 100 and is a prerequisite for ICS 300.

Who should undertake this course?

ICS is crucial to anyone that plays a role in emergency planning, response or recovery efforts and will benefit anyone in a management or organising capacity.

Some examples of sectors that will benefit from taking the ICS 200 course:

  • Emergency Response
  • Fire Fighting, Fire Services and Fire Protection Associations
  • Nature Conservation, Environmental Management and Forestry
  • Medical and Emergency Services
  • Health and Safety Practitioners
  • Disaster Management  (Floods, Droughts, Fires, Etc)
  • Law Enforcement and South African Police Services
  • Mine Management
  • The Oil and Gas Industry
  • Event Organisers
  • Estate Managers
  • Landowners

Why should you take this course?

  • ICS principles are used all over the world and have proven to be highly successful in both public and private sectors. No matter the risk, nor the organisation involved, an ICS system is an effective model to help manage almost any emergency.
  • ICS 100 is an internationally recognised qualification and an imperative requirement in pursuing careers such as professional wildland firefighter or a first responder.
  • You need to complete this course before progressing along the ICS Curriculum. Only FEMA approved online courses will be acceptable as prerequisites to continue onwards with ICS 300.

What you will learn

  • To operate efficiently and effectively during an incident.
  • To assist responders who are likely to assume a supervisory position within ICS.
  • How the NIMS management characteristics relate to incident command and unified command.
  • How to identify ICS organisational components – the command staff, the general staff and ICS tools.
  • Understanding the flexibility within the standard ICS organisational structure.
  • How to transfer command briefings and procedures.


At the end of the course you will be assessed via an online multiple choice assessment. If you successfully meet the requirements of the assessment, you will be issued with a FEMA Certificate, which is valid for life and internationally recognised.


  • NCC will guide you – NCC will provide you with the relevant information and correct links to undertake and complete this online course.
  • NCC offers this assistance for free – The first two courses on ICS are among the courses NCC will facilitate for free: ICS 100 and ICS 200.
  • NCC uses FEMA approved instructors and can provide further training – On completion of the course, you will be notified by NCC of further ICS training courses to further your qualifications in ICS.
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