CONVERGE training modules now offer continuing education credits

Earn one contact hour for successful module completion


Boulder, Colo., May 27, 2021 – The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure CONVERGE facility has partnered with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) to establish continuing education credits for the CONVERGE Training Modules.

Emergency managers and other practitioners interested in furthering their education can now receive one contact hour of general management training for successfully completing each training module and final quiz. After participants answer 8 or more of the questions correctly on the final 10-question quiz, they will automatically receive a certificate that indicates that they have earned credit. Candidates can provide their certificate when applying for their IAEM Associate Emergency Manager or Certified Emergency Manager certifications.

The CONVERGE Training Modules are free and available online. They are designed to accelerate the education of hazards and disaster researchers and practitioners, with a special emphasis on students, early career researchers and professionals, and those interested in joining or leading interdisciplinary teams. The modules cover a wide range of topics including social vulnerability, disaster mental health, cultural competence, Institutional Review Board procedures, emotionally challenging research, gender-based violence in fieldwork, and broader ethical considerations.

“We are so grateful for this partnership with IAEM,” said Lori Peek, principal investigator of CONVERGE and director of the Natural Hazards Center. “We hope this will encourage even more emergency managers, public health practitioners, and other professionals to complete the modules and receive credit for their effort.”

The CONVERGE Training Modules are funded by the National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Geological Survey. Those who are interested in accessing the modules, assignment bank, annotated bibliographies, and other free resources should visit:

Questions about continuing education credits should be directed to

About the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI, is a network of experimental facilities dedicated to reducing damage and loss-of-life due to natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, windstorms, and tsunamis and storm surge. It is supported by the DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure. NHERI provides the natural hazards engineering and social science communities with the state-of-the-art resources needed to meet the research challenges of the 21st century. NHERI is supported by multiple awards from NSF, including the NHERI Network Coordination Office, Award #1612144 and NHERI CONVERGE, Award #1841338.