External Training Resources

FEMA Courses

The Department of Homeland Security/FEMA provides a wide variety of awareness and skills courses for all state and local emergency management personnel and first responders. The majority of these courses are available free of charge. Courses are delivered on-line, at the Emergency Management Institute campuses, or at the NDPC facility. If you are interested in attending a course you must complete the appropriate application and forwarded it to the State Training Officer for Virginia at Ken. Clark@vdem.virginia.gov.

VDEM TEED will periodically “host” FEMA courses such as the Recovery/Public Assistance courses FEMA. These are courses VDEM does not develop or teach, but manages promotion, location and registration.

Disaster Procurement Assistance Training

Public Assistance

Maturing Public Private Partnerships


National Domestic Preparedness Consortium

The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium is the principal vehicle through which the Office of Domestic Preparedness identifies, develops, tests and delivers training to state and local emergency responders. The NDPC membership includes ODP’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.; the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; Louisiana State University; Texas A&M University; and the Department of Energy’s National Security Technologies. ODP uses a number of specialized institutions to design and deliver its training programs. These include private contractors, other federal and state agencies, the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute at St. Petersburg Junior College, the U.S. Army’s Pine Bluff Arsenal, and the National Sheriff’s Association.

All of the DHS resident courses (Including EMI and the NFA) now require use of a FEMA issued Student Identification (SID) number, either on your initial application, confirmation processing or while attending these courses.  As a preliminary process, please create or retrieve your FEMA Student Identification (SID) number on the FEMA SID site. Retain your FEMA SID number and password.  (If you already have a CDP SID number, it was transferred into a FEMA SID number by adding one additional leading “0” to the beginning of your CDP SID number (i.e., CDP SID = 000001234; FEMA SID = 0000001234). Even if you already have a CDP SID number, it is strongly recommended to access the FEMA SID system to obtain your FEMA SID login information and update your FEMA SID account profile to match your CTAS account information.)

For more information, contact Ken Clark at Ken. Clark@vdem.virginia.gov


Radiological Emergency Preparedness: (Nuclear Power Plant Specific)

Radiological Emergency Preparedness training programs are those courses that address the needs of state and local officials assigned to duties related to preparedness for response to emergencies involving nuclear power generation facilities in the Commonwealth. This can include the production and transportation of nuclear fuel materials and waste products related to the generation of electric power.


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Professional Development Series

The Professional Development Series is central to professionalizing the emergency management workforce and developing its core skills.  Those who complete all Professional Development Series courses below are eligible to receive a PDS certificate of completion from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.  All PDS courses are available as Independent Study online at http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/PDS.


Required Courses

  1. Principles of Emergency Management (IS230)
    Introduces participants to fundamental principles of emergency management in an integrated system. The perspective of the local community, officials and citizens is emphasized within the context of multiple hazards and potential resources from various sources.
  2. Emergency Planning (IS235)
    Develops expertise of community planning teams along the principles offered in the guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning.
  3. Leadership and Influence (IS240)
    How to assess differences in personal values and interpersonal influence styles, and when to apply situational leadership behaviors in emergency management.
  4. Decision-Making and Problem-Solving (IS241)
    Practice in making individual and group decisions based on a model problem-solving process.
  5. Effective Communications (IS242)
    Skill development in public and interpersonal communication.
  6. Developing Volunteer Resources (IS244)
    Issues in the management of volunteers, including skills, recruitment and motivation.
  7. Exercise Design (IS139)
    Develops skills necessary to produce exercises that can test a community’s plan and operational response capability.

When a student has completed all the required courses and passes the final course written exam with a score of 75 or better, the Independent Study Program Office will automatically send the separate PDS Certificate of Completion directly to the student.  (No application for the PDS certificate is required.)

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