Essential Personnel

Per USF System Policy 6-037, in order to provide for the safety and well-being of the campus community and to continue critical operations, certain designated employees will need to report to work during an emergency event. Departments are responsible for designating essential personnel and ensuring that they complete the appropriate training.

Essential Personnel Acknowledgment Form

Employees whose position is identified as Essential Personnel must complete the Essential Personnel Acknowledgement form. The form must be signed by the employee, the employee’s supervisor, and the department head, and sent to Sheri Neshiem with the Division of Human Resources. The form must be submitted PRIOR TO attending the mandatory Essential Personnel training.

Contact Colette Nasworthy at with any questions.

Training Requirements

At a minimum, the following Federal Emergency Management Agency and/or internal USF training courses, or their equivalents, are required to be taken by all Essential Personnel. Additional information may be found in USF Policy 6-037.

Essential Personnel - Supervisors

Registration for classroom-based Essential Personnel Training courses can be completed in GEMS. Search course number EMESUP. View Instructions for Registering in GEMS for more information.

IS-100: Introduction to Incident Command System is a pre-requisite to the supervisor training. Completed IS-100 certificates must be submitted to USF Emergency Management prior to enrolling for supervisor training. Send certificate to and include your employee ID number in the email. Please allow 2 business days for processing.

 Essential Personnel - Non-Supervisors

  • Essential Personnel Online Training 

Essential Personnel Online

NEW! Essential Personnel Training for Employees can now be completed online! 

 Frequently Asked Questions



Date Time Location Session #
September 17 10-11a OPM 115 31
October 18 2-3p OPM 115 32
November 12 10-11a OPM 115 33
December 13 2-3p OPM 115 34



Date Time Location Session #
October 15 10-11a OPM 115 42