The Training, Education and Exercise Division (TEED) coordinates and conducts the Virginia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training and Exercise programs. Our audience includes state and local emergency management professionals, first responders, volunteer organizations, private organizations and other partners. The Director serves as the State Administrative Agency (SAA) point of contact.
Click a link below to find the list of currently scheduled courses by date, course, or location:
Registering for a course requires that you have an active account on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Learning Center (COVLC or VLC). If you do not have an account, you must create one in order to access the VLC. Note: Some programs require you to apply for admission as a first step toward registering. The application for admission process allows the admissions committee to verify your eligibility and qualifications. If you need help or have questions about course registration, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, 8-5 M-F or email: LMShelp@vdem.virginia.gov.
The training program provides first responders, emergency managers, public health and service providers, volunteers, elected officials, private industry and others with the skills necessary to protect life and property through preparedness courses. The following programs are available:
- Advanced Professional Series (APS)
- Basic Academy (EMPP)
- National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA)
- Hazardous Materials Training Program
- Incident Command Training Program (ICS)
- Search and Rescue Training Program
- Unmanned Aerial Systems Training (UAS)
- Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) Training Program
- FEMA Workshops (e.g., Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, etc.)
- Professional Development Programs (VDEM employees only)
The exercise program implemented and managed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management provides first responders, emergency managers, public health and service providers, volunteers, elected officials, private industry and others with the skills necessary to protect life and property through preparedness exercises in response to simulated, natural and/or man-made disaster scenarios. The goal of the exercise program is to improve the overall readiness and capabilities of emergency response by validating training, emergency plans, and procedures to identify strengths and areas for improvement, demonstrate operational capabilities, and to prepare personnel to respond to real world incidents, regardless of the threat or hazard. This is accomplished through the implementation of the building block approach for exercises and exercise activities, including seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, drills, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises.
Generally, courses are available to anyone involved in emergency management or response at the local, state, or federal levels. Eligible attendees include public policymakers, emergency managers, response team leaders, volunteers, public health, schools, universities, first responders and many other partners from the public and private sectors.
Class Cancellation Policy
If you need help or have questions about a program or course, please email: EMTraining@vdem.virginia.gov.