The Center for Domestic Preparedness’ new online courses are averaging approximately 500 course completions per month.

The CDP added four, free online courses to its training catalog Nov. 2, to provide responders with awareness-level knowledge about bomb threats and other hazardous materials.  Since that time, more than 1,600 responders have completed the four courses.

The courses, which are offered in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Bombing Prevention, are titled Hazardous Materials Awareness Distance Learning, Hazardous Materials Awareness Refresher Distance Learning, Bomb Threat Preparedness and Response Computer-Based Training, and Homemade Explosive (HME) and Precursor Awareness for Public Safety.

Of the 1,600-plus online course completions, the HME and Precursor Awareness for Public Safety course has been highest in demand, with almost 800 course completions to date.  It’s followed by the Bomb Threat Preparedness and Response course, with slightly more than 500 course completions.

The CDP trains more than 50,000 state, local, tribal and territorial responders each year via in-residence training on its campus in Anniston, Ala., indirect training at sites around the nation, and now online training.

Since the CDP opened its doors in 1998, it has trained more than 1,125,000 responders.

For more information about the CDP’s online training, visit: https://cdp.dhs.gov/online_course.