TIEMS 2019 TQC LogoTIEMS International Certification - TQC will be ready for the first Candidates mid 2020.
TQC stands for TIEMS - Qualifications - Certification
"in International Emergency and Disaster Management"
or only TQC.
  • To develop a certification for individuals working with global emergency and disaster management, theory and practise, addressing methodologies, systems and operations. And, to encourage collaboration in the spheres of scientific, critical thinking, humanitarian and economic activities relating to international emergency and disaster management, preparedness, risk reduction, response and recovery. Furthermore, to contribute to an international shared understanding of elements, qualifications and terminology in emergency management and disaster response
  • The TIEMS International Certification - TQC to become the leading international emergency and disaster management certification program
  • The TIEMS International Certification - TQC shall promote an international agreement of standardization of emergency and disaster management operations and good practice
The figure below shows the eight steps from Application to TQC Certification. The TQC Candidate Study and Evaluation Guide, which the Candidate get access to in the TQC Web Platform, describes the details.
TQC 8 steps ver1

After the TQC candidate’s application has been accepted, the candidate will be asked to provide documentation and take an examination as part of a three-step evaluation process.


  1. The candidate have to submit documentation showing evidence of their Education, Participation, and Contribution in emergency and disaster management. The requirements for this documentation are found below.
  1. The candidate need to prepare a Competency Area Summary, which will demonstrate, by reference to education or experience, testimonial letter, or study paper, competence in seven areas of international emergency and disaster management:
  • International Perspectives
  • Preparedness, Prevention, and Mitigation
  • Predictions and Early Warning
  • Emergency Operations
  • Public Warning
  • Search and Rescue
  • Recovery and Reconstruction
  1. The candidate will take an online, proctored, examination with questions taken from specific references covering four important and illustrative areas in international emergency and disaster management:
  •       The European Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC)
  •       The SENDAI Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
  •       ISO Standards in Emergency and Risk Management
  •       INSARAG Preparedness and Response Guidelines and Methodology


 To be eligible to take the TQC exam in order to be TQC certified, a candidate should provide evidence of Education, Participation, and Contribution:
Background and Experience Requirements
  • Education – one or more of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, social science or emergency/disaster management specialty (International Standard Classification of Education Level 6, e.g. a bachelor’s degree from a reputable university)
    • 50 hours of emergency/disaster management training in the last 5 years
    • A certification related to emergency/disaster management at the national level
    • One or more courses provided by TIEMS Academy
  • Participation – 3 years’ experience as a first responder, volunteer, educator, leader, or other activity, practical or academic, directly involved with emergency/disaster management, in the last 6 years.
  • Contribution – one or more of the following:
    • At least 5 publications or speaking engagements in emergency/disaster management
    • Participation as leader or board member of an organization that participates in emergency/disaster management
    • Teaching emergency/disaster management
  • The Applicant is encouraged to identify international aspects in any of the above

Applicants will be required to provide the following documentation

  • Copies of educational degrees, certificates, and/or transcripts
  • Copies of courses diploma provided by TIEMS Academy or any teaching institution
  • A CV including professional or volunteer experience applicable to TQC, together with websites, personal references, or other information that can verify applicant participation. The CV shall be produced in Europass EU Format, so please, use the following link: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/. Download the resulting pdf file, which later shall be uploaded to the TQC Web Platform
  • Copies of applicable certifications in emergency/disaster management
  • A summary of emergency/disaster management contributions including publications, presentations, courses taught, board or leadership roles
  • Two professional references who can verify applicant contributions
  • Any additional documentation needed to show the candidate meets the background and experience requirements shown above


The Candidate need to prepare and submit a Competence Area Summary, to demonstrate competence in each of seven TQC Competence Areas in international emergency and disaster management listed above. Candidates are not expected to be experts in all of these areas, but instead to be able to demonstrate a minimum understanding of each area according to the Competence Compliance Guidelines.

If a Candidate has not acquired a specific competence, they have the option of acquiring it through study, and demonstrating it through an analysis report submitted as part of their Competence Area Summary.


The TQC Application and Compliance Process comprises the four first steps (1 - 4) in the full TQC certification process:

STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 & 4
A TQC Applicant who decides to apply for TQC Certification interacts with TQC Certification Board by filling out the TQC Application Form accessed from TIEMS web-site and by this communicate interest in TQC Certification.
The TQC Certification Board evaluate the Applicants TQC Application Form and if finding him/her qualified, sends him a “username” and “password” for access to the TQC Web Platform. He/she then needs to upload all the required documentation described above, to the TQC Web Platform. The TQC Compliance Board assesses all Applicant's documentation and follows the Compliance Rules to verify that it is compliant. At the end of STEP 4, the TQC Compliance Board  issues the Compliance Report, and if compliant gives the candidate "green light" to continue the TQC certification process, or the TQC Compliance Board will provide feedback to the applicant to help him/her to correct deficiencies, where possible, before the candidate can continue the TQC certification process.


TQC Applicants may acquire required Competencies anywhere they wish – past coursework or experience, independent study, or they may take on-line or in-person courses. TIEMS Academy will be available to the Candidate, when logged into the TQC Web Platform, and here the Candidate will finnd some relevant courses for his/her preparation for the TQC Exam. As time goes by, TIEMS Academy will be filled up with more and more relevant courses.

The TQC Examination and Approval Process comprises the four last steps (5- 8) in the full TQC certification process:

STEP 5 & 6
STEP 7 & 8
The TQC Examination Board reviews the Compliance Report and works with the Applicant to set up and administer a proctored on-line exam according to the TQC Candidate Study and Evaluation Guide. After the exam, the TQC Examination Board issues an Examination Report. The TQC Certification Board assesses the Applicant's Compliance and Examination Documentation, and decides whether to award TQC Certification to the Applicant. The TQC Certification Board completes its activity by issuing the Certification Report.

In order for the TQC candidates to take the TQC exam wherever they are worldwide, TIEMS has implemented on-line proctoring of the TQC candidates during their examination by using the ProctorFree solution. ProctorFree is an on-demand, automated proctoring solution designed to help institutions of higher learning and commercial organizations add layers of security and academic integrity to the online learning environment experience. ProctorFree provides an accurate identification and authentication of the TQC exam candidate. This proctoring solution is scalable, user-friendly, and cost-effective. For more information about ProctorFree please visit www.proctorfree.com.

The Applicant is informed about TQC application and examination results, and either awarded TIEMS International Certification - TQC or advised that he/she failed to pass the TQC examination, and that he/she can reapply for TQC certification at a later stage, having improved his/her skills required by the TQC Competencies. The TQC Certification Board will inform the Applicant.

TQC Exam

Examination Criteria TQC Re-Certification

The exam questions will focus on emergency management principles and practices reflected in the Examination Competence Framework and background knowledge reflected in the TQC Candidate Study and Evaluation Guide.

The exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions and 10 essay questions. Each multiple choice question will have four possible responses. The examinee must choose the best answer. For the essay question the examinee has to answer with a free text of minimum 100 words.

The exam must be completed in less than 4 - four hours in order to “pass”, and the examinee must score 67% or better on the multiple-choice questions and 67% or better in the essay questions.

All the details are found in the TQC Candidate Study and Evaluation Guide

TIEMS International Certification - TQC is valid for three (3) years.

In case of re-certification, the TQC Certification Board will mostly be involved in asking the TQC certified person to submit the Re-Certification Form, if he/she intends to maintain his/her certification. The TQC Certification Board evaluates the TQC certified person’s experience and education/training during the 3 years TQC certification period, and issues a Re-Certification Certificate, or asks the candidate to take the Re-Certification Exam. In the latter case, the evaluation will follow the same procedure, but simpler, as with a new TQC certification.
TQC Cost Policy

TIEMS general policy is that education and certification in emergency and disaster management should be affordable by most, and therefore the cost of being TQC certified will be kept at a minimum, covering only the cost to TIEMS for offering and maintaining the TQC service.

The price to become TQC certified, TQC Certification Fee, will be decided later when TIEMS has an overview of the costs involved. This will be evaluated in the TQC Test Period together with the TQC Test Candidates.

It is required that before the TQC Certification Board will initiate the TQC certification process for the Applicant, the Applicant must become a TIEMS Member, and the Applicant need to pay a TQC Certification Fee to cover the costs of the certification process. After the Applicant has passed the TQC exam, his/her TIEMS membership will be upgraded to TIEMS Professional Certified Member.

If the TQC Applicant fails to fulfill the compliance requirements, as described in the section TIEMS International Certification - TQC Compliance, 50% of the TQC Certification Fee will be refunded. The kept fee is to cover the expenses incurred by TIEMS personnel by evaluating the Applicant’s compliance requirements.

It is also to be understood that TIEMS does not guarantee that an applicant’s certification will be successful. No claim of liability, in any shape of form, can be made by any applicant against TIEMS and/or any of its officers who are part of the TQC process(es).


Detailed instructions of how to start the process of becoming TQC Certified, is found on the TQC Web Platform


TIEMS is a voluntary organization, and all its directors, officers and members work for free with developing the organization and its activities. The idea and initiative to develop TIEMS International Certification - TQC, was initated in 2006, and in the time from then to present, many TIEMS volunteers have been involved in this development, and I like to thank them all.

However, there has a been a core team taking most of the workload, and each of them will be presented here when the TQC certification is opened and available worldwide, which is expected in the middle of year 2020.

K. Harald Drager, TIEMS President