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General

Are there any prerequisites for the training programs?

Yes. You can find them on this site under Resident Training.

How often are these training programs offered/conducted?

The CDP conducts multiple courses over 46 weeks in a year. Course training calendars can be found on this site under Training Schedule.

Who can attend these training programs?

Eligible disciplines can be found on the Responder Disciplines page.

Will it cost me or my organization any money to attend?

State, local and tribal emergency responders' training is fully funded, including round-trip transportation, meals, and lodging. Federal, Private Sector and International students can attend on a space-available, fee-for-service basis.

What is a Student ID number?

A Student ID number is a unique number assigned to a student to utilize for identification purposes while at the CDP. This precludes the use of your Social Security Number on a recurring basis.

How do I obtain a Student ID number?

Visit the FEMA SID and click on the Need a FEMA SID? button.

What do I do if I forget my Student ID number or login name and password?

Send an email to or call 866-213-9699 for support.

Will the CDP pay overtime it will cost my organization to cover my work while I am attending training?

No. Any overtime must be taken care of by each organization independently.

Where is the CDP training facility located?

Anniston, Alabama, on the former Fort McClellan Army base.

How do I get there and who pays the travel costs?

Travel arrangements will be made for you to fly or drive. More information can be found in the Student Handbook.

Where do I stay/sleep while attending CDP training programs?

The CDP has one-person dormitories that share a common bathroom. Photographs of the rooms can be found on the Travel page.

How are meals provided?

Breakfast and dinner are provided at the dining hall in the lodging area. Lunch is provided at the CDP training complex. For more details on the food selection browse the menu.

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Training

How often are these training programs offered/conducted?

The CDP conducts multiple courses over 46 weeks in a year. Course training calendars can be found on this site under Training Schedule.

Can I wear contact lenses during toxic agent training?

Yes. It is highly recommended if your vision is limited.

After I attend a CDP training program, do I have to re-qualify each year?

No.

Can I retrain each year at the CDP?

Yes. Contact Registration for more information.

Can I attend more than one training program during a calendar year at the CDP?

Yes, providing you meet course prerequisites.

What kind of clothing should I plan to wear during the CDP training programs? Should I bring a uniform from my organization?

Any seasonal clothing is appropriate within good taste. Wearing organizational uniforms is an individual option. For more information, please refer to the Student Handbook.

Do the CDP training classes last all day?

A typical class day is 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If I attend the TERT or HAZMAT Tech training, can I attend the HOT training?

Yes. As a refresher course, one year from the time you completed the TERT or HT course.

Can I receive "CEUs" for attending CDP training programs?

Yes. Each program has its CEUs listed as part of the program information.

What happens if I get sick or injured while attending a CDP training program?

Refer to the Student Handbook

I wear glasses or contact lenses. Will that prevent me from attending the toxic agent training program?

No. See the appropriate section in the Student Handbook

Are there any physical requirements for any programs?

Yes. For more information, see individual program requirements.

Are there any prerequisites for the training programs?

Yes. You can find them on this site under Resident Training.

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Registration

Are there any prerequisites for the training programs?

Yes. You can find them on this site under Resident Training.

Who can attend these training programs?

You can find the disciplines at Responder Disciplines.

Will it cost me or my organization any money to attend?

State, local and tribal emergency responders' training is fully funded, including round-trip transportation, meals, and lodging. Federal, Private Sector and International students can attend on a space-available, fee-for-service basis.

What is a Student ID number?

A Student ID number is a unique number assigned to a student to utilize for identification purposes while at the CDP. This precludes the use of your Social Security Number on a recurring basis.

How do I obtain a Student ID number?

Visit the FEMA SID and click on the Need a FEMA SID? button.

What do I do if I forget my Student ID number or login name and password?

Send an email to or call 866-213-9699 for support.

Why do I need a CTAS Account?

Students attending resident training require a CTAS account so that CDP staff has access to your SSN to complete your travel voucher. In addition, you will receive your travel itinerary and other important documents through this secure portal.

How do I create a CTAS account?

Visit the CDP Training Administration System (CTAS) and click on the create account button. You will need to retain your login name and password in order to retrieve your travel documents.

Will the CDP pay overtime it will cost my organization to cover my work while I am attending training?

No. Any overtime must be taken care of by each organization independently.

Can I stay over a weekend and attend two CDP training programs back-to-back?

Yes, but there may be limitations over a holiday weekend.

How do I contact my State Administrative Agency or Tribal Training Officer Training Point of Contact?

Contact information State/Territory/Tribal Point of Contacts can be found at State/Territory/Tribal Coordinators.

I am not getting my questions answered, or I cannot get in contact with my SAA Training POC, what should I do?

Contact the CDP Registration Contact for more information.

After I turn in my completed paperwork to attend CDP training, what happens then, and will I hear from anybody?

Once the CDP receives your application from your State/Territory/Tribal Coordinator, you will generally get an e-mail of the status of your application within two business days.

Will I need any documents for identification or security purposes to attend CDP training programs or facilities?

Yes. You must have an official photo identification in your possession.

What type of work disciplines are qualified to attend the IC training?

See the section under Responder Disciplines on this site.

A group of people I work with want to attend CDP training programs together. Is that possible?

You must coordinate this through your Regional Registration Coordinator

Do I need to have physician approval to attend any of the CDP training programs?

Only if you answered 'yes' to any question on the medical screening form.

How do I get an application to attend CDP training programs?

Follow the Training Application Process.

What happens to my application for training if I don't get selected for a course based on the three dates I listed?

You will be contacted to select additional dates.

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Availability

Are there any age, health, or handicap requirements involved with attending CDP training programs?

There are no specific age requirements other than being of legal age. A person must be in reasonably good health. Facilities are equipped to accommodate someone with a handicap.

I am military; can I attend the CDP training programs?

Yes, but it may be on a fee-for-service basis. Please contact your Regional Registration Coordinator.

I am full-time in the National Guard, can I attend the CDP training programs?

Yes, but it may be on a fee-for-service basis. Please contact your Regional Registration Coordinator.

I am part-time National Guard, can I attend the CDP training programs?

Yes. Because you are an asset to the governor of your respective state, you qualify under state and local funding guidance.

I am a federal government employee that is not in the military; can I attend CDP training programs?

Yes, please visit the Private Sector Training page.

I work on a response team for an industry/corporation and am not a volunteer with my local fire or police department; can I attend CDP training programs?

Yes, please visit the Private Sector Training page.

Can I have a beard or other facial hair and attend CDP training programs?

Only if you are not participating in toxic agent training.

If I am pregnant, can I attend CDP training programs?

Yes, please contact your Regional Registration Coordinator.

I am a civilian working at a DOD facility; can I attend the CDP training programs?

Yes, please visit the Private Sector Training page.

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Contact

If I have a family- or work-related emergency, how can someone contact me?

Emergency numbers are provided in the Student Handbook.

If I have a family or work emergency, can I leave early?

Yes. Arrangements will be made for any emergency you encounter while attending training.

What is the mailing address for the CDP?

To receive overnight mail, the address can be found in the Student Handbook.

How do I contact other National Domestic Preparedness Consortium training venues?

That information can be found on the Consortium page.

Are there any "800" numbers for the CDP?

Yes. Refer to the Student Handbook.

How can I find out if the CDP is conducting any training programs in my area?

Please contact your Non-Resident Training Coordinator.

As a State Administrative Agency or Tribal Training Officer POC, how can I receive information and training records for people that have attended from my state?

Contact the Regional Registration Coordinator for more information.

Since returning home from training, I have several questions. How do I contact a CDP instructor?

You can contact someone through this number: 1-866-213-9553.

How do I get an instructor or CDP representative to speak at a conference in my state?

Contact the Regional Registration Coordinator for more information.

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Travel

Where is the CDP training facility located?

Anniston, Alabama, on the former Fort McClellan Army base.

How do I get there and who pays the travel costs?

For state, local and tribal students, travel arrangements will be made for you to fly or drive. More information can be found on this site in the Student Handbook.

Can I rent a car when I attend CDP training instead of riding the CDP bus from the Atlanta, Georgia, airport?

If you elect to rent a vehicle, it will be at your own expense and must be coordinated with the Travel Office in advance.

Can I fly to the Birmingham, Alabama, airport instead of the Atlanta, Georgia, airport to attend CDP training programs?

No.

Can I change my airline flights to or from training?

No. Contact the Travel Office for more information.

I would like to go out to eat, go shopping, and/or see some of the local community or sights in the evening. Does the CDP have plans to help me or am I on my own for transportation?

The CDP provides a shuttle service in the evening after training for you to utilize establishments within the city.

What is the weather like in Anniston, Alabama, during the year?

Please refer to the Student Handbook.

Can I drive to the CDP for training?

Yes. Reimbursement will be paid at the current government rate to operators of a privately owned vehicle, not to exceed the cost of a government airline ticket.

How will I find CDP personnel at the Atlanta airport?

Refer to the Student Handbook.

What are the phone number(s) for important contact people at the CDP?

Telephone numbers can be found in the Student Handbook.

What phone number(s) should I call if my flights are late or are delayed?

Telephone numbers can be found in the Student Handbook or on the Contact page.

How do I get my airline tickets?

About two-three weeks prior to your departure, you will receive an e-mail advising you that your travel documents are loaded into your account within the CDP Training Administration System (CTAS). You can log on to your account and retrieve and print your packet.

What do I do if I am having difficulty in retrieving my travel documents?

Contact your Regional Registration Coordinator.

What do I do if I forget my Student ID number or CTAS login name and password?

Send an email to or call 866-213-9699 for support.

Are there any maps to show me how to find the CDP facilities once I drive into Anniston, Alabama?

Yes. Maps are provided in the Student Handbook or on this site under Travel.

When my class ends on the last day, can I get a ride to the airport so I can leave early, instead of waiting until the next morning and riding the CDP bus?

In most cases, no. This can only be granted provided you did not go through toxic agent training, and you arrange your own transportation to the airport.

I drove my personal vehicle to the CDP. When my class ends on the last day, can I leave instead of waiting until the next morning?

Yes, provided you did not go through toxic agent training.

If I drive a government vehicle instead of my personal vehicle, will the CDP pay for mileage?

No.

If several ride in one personal vehicle to save the CDP a group of airline tickets, will we all receive some type of travel reimbursement compensation?

No. Only the owner of the vehicle is compensated.

How long is the bus ride from the Atlanta, Georgia, airport to the CDP training facilities?

Approximately two hours.

I am planning to drive my personal car to the CDP. Can I drive it from lodging to the CDP training facility instead of riding the CDP bus?

No. Due to limited parking at the CDP, driving your own vehicle to training is not permitted.

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Lodging and Dining

Where do I stay/sleep while attending CDP training programs?

The CDP has one-person dormitories that share a common bathroom. Photos can be found on this site under During your Stay.

How are meals provided?

Breakfast and dinner are served at the dining hall within the lodging complex. Lunch is served at your assigned training venue. For those with special dietary needs, you will have the opportunity, upon receipt of your travel packet, to advise the dining contractor of those needs.

Can I stay at a local hotel while attending CDP training programs?

If you elect to stay at a local hotel instead of the CDP lodging facility, you are responsible for all expenses, and must coordinate with the Travel Office in advance.

I want to be able to work out, go running, and/or go swimming during my CDP stay. Does the CDP have any facilities available?

Yes. Refer to the Student Handbook.

Are there refrigerators in the CDP lodging rooms?

No.

Can I bring a friend or spouse to stay with me while I am attending training? This other person will not be attending training, just visiting the area while I am training.

Yes. However, guests are not authorized to reside in the lodging facility. They can stay at any of the hotels outside the training complex property at your expense.

Do the rooms in CDP Lodging have telephones?

Yes. However, a calling card is required to make a long distance call.

Can I get access to the Internet while I am staying at the CDP?

Yes. Refer to the Student Handbook.

Are guest laundry facilities available?

Yes. Washers and dryers are located in Building 21, CDP lodging area.

I need an ADA-Compliant room. Are these available?

Yes.

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