Advanced Incident Command System Concepts

Course Overview

Advanced ICS Concepts provides training and resources for responders who require advanced application of ICS by providing overall incident management skills rather than tactical expertise. Expanding upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300 courses, this course emphasizes large-scale organizational development, roles and relationships of the command and general staff, and planning, operational, logistical and fiscal considerations related to large and complex incident and event management. The course also describes the application of Area Command and the importance of interagency coordination on complex incidents and events.

Although Advanced ICS Concepts covers many of the topics found in ICS-400, it does not meet the minimum course requirements for certification as a 400 level course and should not be used as a substitute requiring an ICS-400 completion certificate.

Specific Course Topics

  • Fundamentals review for Command and General Staff
  • Major and/or Complex Incident/Event Management
  • Area Command
  • Multiagency Coordination (MAC)

Target Audience

Responders who require or desire awareness of Advanced ICS concepts taught in ICS-400 but do not have a requirement to complete ICS-400 training, or responders who have previously completed ICS-400 and are looking for refresher training.

This may include responders who will serve as command or general staff in an ICS organization, select department heads with multi-agency coordination system responsibilities, Area Commanders, emergency managers, and Multiagency Coordination System/Emergency Operations Center managers for expanding or Type 3 incidents.


Duration: One day  (8 hours) 


Successful completion of ICS-300 


While this course covers similar topics to ICS-400, it does not meet the minimum hours requirement and is not considered an ICS-400 equivalency.