Taken from the PDS site: The Professional Development Series includes seven Emergency Management Institute independent study courses that provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for those in the emergency management profession. Many students build on this foundation to develop their careers.

I recently completed the FEMA PDS program and think it is well worth the time and investment (though it is free) to work through the courses.

After successfully completing all 7 required PDS courses through the Independent Study program, a PDS certificate is automatically issued via US Postal Service to the mailing address provided on your last exam submission.

VIsit: http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/sear...p?keywords=PDS