Training, Education & Exercise Division

The mission of the Training, Education and Exercise Division is to build and sustain the capabilities of Virginia state and local responders and their partners in all phases of Emergency Management through a comprehensive training and exercise program. Training is a vital component of emergency management and homeland security. Training helps prepare communities, emergency workers, organizations, and citizens to handle a variety of situations. The Virginia Division of Emergency Management offers training for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.

Our audience includes state and local emergency management professionals, first responders, volunteer organizations, private organizations and other partners that are focused on keeping Virginia safe from all hazards, natural or man-made. Our objective is to offer training and exercise programs that enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of Commonwealth emergency managers, their staff and Whole Community Partners in the areas of mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery involving all-hazard disasters and emergencies.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management also facilitates the delivery of skill building courses for emergency management professionals through the use of federal training programs at CPD, NMT, TEEX and other DHS approved courses.

TEED Policies


Most of the courses listed in this training catalog 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.

Course Costs

There is no cost to attend trainings sponsored by VDEM. Students are provided free student handbooks and supporting materials for the trainings they attend. All courses are funded using federal grants.

Class Cancellation Policy

VDEM training will only cancel courses under extreme circumstances or for low registration. However in the event that VDEM cancels a course, the agency will contact all students to advise them of the cancellation.

Training Request Policy

Counties and other local and state agencies may request for training, exercise, or conference application. The application must include the chief regional coordinator’s approval signature. The 90 day timeline is to ensure procurement of instructors, materials and to allow for adequate marketing and registration time. The application will then be reviewed by the training division at VDEM to make sure that funding is available and the form contains all required information. Click here for the training, exercise, or conference application form.

Types of Courses

There are a number of different course codes that identify the trainings offered by VDEM. Here is a breakdown of the codes that are associated with the trainings offered in Virginia:

  • G: FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) courses offered in a classroom setting
  • IS: Independent study FEMA courses are available online
  • AWR: Awareness level training offered by consortium partners
  • MGT: Management level training offered by consortium partners
  • L: A mobile delivery of an EMI course that is located away from the EMI campus and taught by FEMA certified Instructors.
  • E: Resident courses held at the EMI National Emergency Training Campus (NETC)
  • V: These are courses that are tailored to the state of Virginia. Curriculum is a combination of FEMA materials and information that is strictly related to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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