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Instructor Training Course

ITC PER-266 32 Contact Hours
Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.


Instructor Training Course (ITC) is a five-day course that prepares emergency responders to deliver lectures and hands-on training in their local jurisdictions. The course is conducted in two phases: fundamental principles and applied principles. During the fundamental principles phase participants receive an overview of adult learning, task analysis, risk and hazard analysis, learning objectives and lesson plans, communication skills, instructional delivery and multimedia, testing and evaluations, and after action reviews. Then, during the applied principles phase, participants put these lessons into practice through a series of practice training sessions.

NOTE: This course does not qualify the individual as an instructor or trainer in any specific FEMA course.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Demonstrate various teaching and delivery strategies and identify learning resources as applied to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNE) training environment.
  • Discuss effective communication techniques for an adult-learning audience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage the learning environment effectively, considering the needs of a diverse audience.
  • Develop and deliver a 15-minute oral presentation to an adult audience.
  • Develop, deliver, and evaluate a 20-minute oral presentation to an adult audience.
Course Offerings

Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following course:

This course is designed for emergency responders who have not attended a qualified instructor training course and who will provide chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive CBRNE training in their jurisdictions. To be eligible to attend ITC, a candidate must have successfully completed a CBRNE-training course conducted by the CDP or any other National Domestic Preparedness Consortium member.

Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is an Accredited Provider (AP) of Continuing Education Units (CEU) and is authorized to award the following CEUs for successful completion of this activity:

IACET (International Association of Continuing Education and Training) –  4.0 CEUs