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Training Attire for CDP Courses


Many CDP courses contain hands-on activities. Casual wear is acceptable for these courses.

If scheduled to attend a CDP training program that includes hands-on training exercises:

  • Pack casual comfortable clothing (free of controversial, inappropriate, political, or unprofessional markings)
  • Pack several pairs of long, thick, cotton socks (no ankle/short socks) for wearing with CDP-issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hands-on training may cause a significant increase in perspiration, so pack accordingly
  • Plan for prolonged periods in PPE; it is recommended to bring additional shirts to class

NOTE: Flip flops and tank tops are not permitted during training; open toe shoes are not allowed during hands-on training exercises.

If scheduled to attend the Field Force Extrication (FFE) course or Field Force Operations (FFO), in addition to the above guidance, pack:

  • "NO" Polyester
  • Safety (Steel or Composite) toed boots recommended
  • Knee pads and rain gear recommended

General Attire Information

It is each student's responsibility to use good judgment in selecting attire that projects a professional image and is appropriate for both the local climate and classroom activities.

The CDP standard attire for training that does not involve hands-on activities is business casual wear.

Hospital scrubs and department training uniforms are acceptable.

CDP classroom temperatures are typically climate controlled (rather cool), so packing a light jacket or sweater is recommended. Also, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are suggested.

Prior to your departure, check the Anniston Alabama weather forecast to determine appropriate clothing and accessories for your comfort.


**Information in this document supersedes the 2016 CDP Student Handbook, which is being revised.