Incident Command System Resources

The National Ski Patrol will require all patrollers to complete ICS course 100 (before 12/2019) and encourages patrollers to take ICS 200 and 700 to be further familiar with the system. The Incident Command System (ICS) is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure. ICS is normally structured to facilitate activities in five major functional areas: command, operations, planning, logistics, Intelligence & Investigations, finance and administration. It is a fundamental form of management, with the purpose of enabling incident managers to identify the key concerns associated with the incident—often under urgent conditions—without sacrificing attention to any component of the command system.

As illustrated below, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program identifies those courses critical to train personnel capable of implementing all functions of emergency management. This program establishes the NIMS core curriculum to ensure it adequately trains emergency and incident response personnel to all concepts and principles of each NIMS component.

Chart showing NIMS courses arranged according to incident complexity, which ranges from Low (Type 5) to High (Type 1). On the low end, labeled as Baseline courses, are IS-700 and ICS-100. In the middle range is ICS-200. Toward the top, labeled Additional Training (Advanced), are IS-800, ICS-300, and ICS-400. An empty column is labeled Position-Specific.


  • ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System: This independent study course introduces ICS and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. It describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the system. This course also explains the relationship between ICS and NIMS.
  • IS-700 NIMS, an Introduction: This independent study course introduces the NIMS concept. NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents: This independent study course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the ICS. ICS-200 provides training and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

Once complete…

Please register with the following NSP courses to add the certifications to your NSP record:

NSP RegistrationICS 100 – E130190004 [required by 2020] (opens in new tab)
NSP RegistrationICS 200 – E130190005 [recommended] (opens in new tab)
NSP RegistrationICS 700 – E130190006 [recommended] (opens in new tab)

Note, once you enroll, you *must* add the course to your cart, and ‘cash out’ your cart. There is no charge, and when complete, you will receive a confirmation email. When checking out the directions state to “Please provide evidence of completion.”, please email this documentation to Pete Hutchison, these courses are open now thru 12/31/19.

For additional training courses see the ICS Training Program

Please visit the ICS Resource Center for more information.